Carrying on straight from their self-titled debut album, on Double Rainbow, The Babe Rainbow channel into their chill, intoxicating substances and produce what could possibly the sound of Byron Bay in music form.
Running in at 35 minutes, Double Rainbow is not shy in savouring obvious musical influences, from 60’s psych to funky 70’s disco to sitar permeated world music. The Babe Rainbow manage to make all these influences work, pulling it off swiftly and surprisingly sudden.
Take the fifth song on the album, Eureka, for example. The song starts with a chiming sitar, quickly giving into a funky rhythm section, overlaid by a riff reminiscent of The Byrds, with numerous chiming sitars and flutes floating in and out of the song as it goes on. All the while maintaining a steady, funky groove. It seems as if the album’s vibe and musical style shouldn’t work as well as it does. But, it does.
Consequently, The Babe Rainbow showcase some astonishing song writing ability throughout the album, most notably the song Supermoon. If the psych-pop anthem had been released in the 60’s, it potentially could be as highly regarded as The Beatles’ I am the Walrus or Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Some other notable songs include Darby Joan, Bella Luna, Cool Cat Vibe and New Attitude, that all showcase undeniable musical ability and song writing skills.
However, sometimes it just does not come off right for The Babe Rainbow. For example, the ninth song on the album 2nd of April feels almost completely out of place with its heavy emphasis on the classical guitar. On an album that has been moving at such a groovy pace, to pull out a song that solely incorporates guitar and void of anything we have grown to be accustomed to puts a slight damper on the vibe of the album. Which is unfortunate, because the song does showcase clear classical ability. Fortunately, this sense of disposition does not happen often on the album.
The Babe Rainbow reside in Byron Bay, and as mentioned before, their music is quite possibly as close as Byron can get to a musical form. It’s unique, unconventional, and clearly under the influence of illicit substances. The Babe Rainbow’s Double Rainbow is well worth the listen, if only to channel those groovy, psych vibes; you almost hear the beach seeping into the recording.
Purchase and listen to Double Rainbow here.
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