CD REVIEW: Light Years, Dark Years by PLUM

From Denver, USA come the seriously eclectic, sonically vast, and instantly recognizable sound of Plum, with their new album Light Years, Dark Years.

I would say that there has been a resurgence of old school sounding bands over the past few years, but when it comes to psychedelic rock, it never really left the scene, it simply has been hidden in the dark recesses of many of the smaller clubs and venues scattered around the globe.

The first track Light Years, Dark Years doesn’t hold back any rock punches. Guitars turned up to ten; check, drums crushed; check, vocals set to awesome; big check. I think a lot of bands can take note of this sort of energy and how it hooks you right from the start, and hopefully they can apply that theory a bit more, because so many musicians choose the slow opening, and many times that just means I skip through to the next song that has energy like this one.

Moving on throughout the album it is clear that these musicians know who they are and what they offer, and also what era they should have been born in. This really does sound like a cleaner produced 60’s sound with some new influences mixed in.

The album itself doesn’t rely on a lot of songs to get its point across, but instead chooses a few that will no doubt get under your skin, if you are into all things true rock and roll that is.

Light Years, Dark Years isn’t breaking any new ground, but that is why it is so instantly likeable. You have heard this before to some degree, and it has no doubt been a sound many of us can relate to, so on that one point I would say that this album is a success.

This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for the ones that enjoy good ole rock and roll, some psychedelic power and a lot of energy, this will be something you want to take a listen to.


Written by: Ryan Donnelly

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