Album Review // THE VRYLL SOCIETY ‘Course Of The Satellite’
Wonderfully psychedelic, you’ll be taken on a magical journey as the album leaps off into a myriad of kaleidoscopic melodies, rousing choruses, and intimate emotions.
There’s no sound out there quite like The Vryll Society, and it’s a sound that has been developed and honed over time.
Washes of mellifluous melodies intertwine with tightly-knit grooves, and you’ll be left with dizzying aftertaste after swashes of vibrant motifs envelope around you. The album has been given space to grow and blossom in the band’s rehearsal rooms before being recorded in Parr Street Studios, and this organic development can be heard clearly throughout.
You’re immediately thrusted into the technicolour world created by the band in Course Of The Satellite. Wavey electronics introduce the feeling of psychedelia which will persist for the rest of the album, harnessing a soft and warm glow. The rich texture is only made fuller by the chorus, as a bass line joins the throbbing instrumentals and the vocals split into octaves. A wandering guitar countermelody provides a feeling of musical freedom; the freedom to wander and roam as they wish, and it’s moments like this when the band’s creativity shines through and flourishes. Listen out for the delicate piano and drum ending, which is simply delightful.
We’re pushed towards a more indie groove with the beginning of A Perfect Rhythm, which is filled to the brim with kaleidoscopic riffs. As we hear “I need some space ‘cause I need to dream”, you’ll be able to mould your own situation into this personal insight, and the expansive soundscape of the track definitely allows enough space for dreaming.
Andrei Rublev is like a trip to outer space, with its swirling grooves washed over with cyclical motifs. There’s a hypnotic quality to the track with the swashing instrumentals and the repetition, and you’ll be drawn in with the layers of sound effects that add to the otherworldly atmosphere. You’ll be pulled out of trance as the rhythmic Glows And Spheres kicks in quite literally with the drum kit.
The funky When The Air Is Hot paints a hallucinatory picture with its myriad of sound effects, whilst Light At The Edge Of The World is the perfect summer track with its massive chorus. The faded vocals and fuzzy guitars are infused with a healthy dose of indie, and rays of light peer through the splashes of cymbals.
There’s a swaying feeling created in the lazy Tears We Cry that prompts you to sway along with the bass line. As stratospheric electronics juxtapose a strolling bass, the ethereal vocal delivery will carry you away from reality into a gently oscillating world.
Give In To Me is similarly dreamy, and you’ll lose all sense of time as you bask in the warmth of the electronics. The velvety vocals will coax you and lift all your burdens away, and as they ask “Why won’t you stop / And give in to me?”, you’ll be more than wanting to give in to the honeyed voice.
And afterwards, you’ll want to press repeat to let The Vryll Society dazzle you all over again. Course Of The Satellite is a blissful escape from reality with its amalgamation of indie and psychedelia, and you’ll be left with the colours of the album swirling in your mind.