Release Date: Sep 29, 2008
Record label: Pet Rock
Genre(s): Rock, Experimental
Their first album might have been a meandering disappointment – proving that vaulting musical ambition often infuriates as much as inspires – but the group formed from the ashes of the Beta Band have finally come up trumps. Managing to coalesce their disparate influences (Glen Campbell, hip hop, T.Rex and seafaring shanties all pop up on 'Bobby's Song') , Luna is a psychedelic delight. .
Bobby's Song, which opens the second album from Beta Band survivors the Aliens, contains within its 10-minute span spiralling organ, wibbling synths, Abbey Road harmonies, backwards loops, and a crazed sea shanty. The effect is not so much of fearless adventurers charting music's outer limits than Homer Simpson scoffing hallucinogens. Most of the Aliens' freak-out tropes were minted 40 years ago, right down to Gordon Anderson's persistent habit of mimicking original acid casualty Syd Barrett.