Through the "murky" and nostalgic vocals of Stef Flaming, MURKY RED are being introduced to us as a 70's-rock band but with one difference: this is 2013, or to be more in line with the release of their debut album "Time Doesn't Matter", this is 2012; not that it matters really...
Through the 55 minutes of this album, MURKY RED display a real passion for 70's blues/rock/heavy rock via a diverse set of tracks, ranging from mellow to outright noisy. Although, as Stef told us in a recent airplay of their album, the recording has been far from "professional", this does not appear to influence the quality of the album, unless you are really picky... contrary, it helps to boost this 70's bluesy feeling, boasting of Led Zeppelin's most emotional moments and Hendrix's passionate solo lines. Marie Vancamp and Yolanda Flaming accompany Stef on his search for that feeling and do well. The connection to progressive rock is not clear and rather faint, but the bluesy Floydian passages will attract the fans of the genre. Even a touch of Sabbath appears in the (heaviest of all and personal favourite) "Boots for Hire", that will delight the heavy rock/proggers out there.
The mood is not always "murky" and gloomy as there are moments where the tempos pick up such as in "Last Chance Hotel" or the opening "I Came a Long Way". The Doors and Nick Cave (especially on the vocals) also come in mind, generating a retro-atmosphere and visions of underground bars several decades back in time... Despite the range of influences, MURKY RED appear to have created their own sound that does not borrow from, rather renovates, 70's blues rock. Did I mention the powerful organ sound "On New Year's Day"?
Definitely not a necessary album for prog fans but for all those of you that still feel the 70's in your skin (even if you have not lived then...), this will be a pleasant surprise!