|For the last 9 years, Porto-based band Solar Corona have been carving their name in the psychedelic rock scene of Southern Europe. Now, they turn their minimal rock into an expansive, ever-churning psychedelic voyage with their newest offering, ‘PACE’, set for release on November 11th on Porto-based record label Lovers and Lollypops.|
Along with the announcement today, the band share six-minute juggernaut ‘Parker SP’, where bouncing bass mingles with propelling drums and meandering spaced-out guitars. A relentlessly grooving trip of a track. The band comment: “A satellite lost grooving amidst light sparks and space debris. Parker S.P. is our take on a fly-by boogie and the first glimpse into the world of psychedelia that makes up PACE, our new album.”
|The band’s fifth release, ‘PACE’, shifts gears with Lorr No (Nuno Loureiro) hitching a ride as a dubmechanic, pulling in the sound of Solar Corona’s core trio—Rodrigo Carvalho (Guitar/synths), Peter Carvalho (drums) and José Roberto Gomes (bass)—into an off-road expanse. The stripped-back songwriting reaches a new directness and power through its simplicity.|
The raw ideas of each track were jammed out in Alpendurada, a town deep in the Douro Valley. After a two-year distillation process the riffs and sonic materials have reached a concentration not unlike the alchemical moonshine native to Solar Corona’s Portuguese North. Simple principles and steadfast mechanics become channeled into perennial journeys where speed & pace remain distinct.
Each track celebrates a specific element in its own way. The introductory ‘Heavy Metal Salts’ establishes the pulsing impulse of ‘PACE’, with sparkling electroacoustic details bringing a lysergic dose to the climactic structure. The title-track ‘Pace’ mellows out Solar Corona’s soundscape, and stands out as a space-mantra without riffs, solos, or the need to headbang. Guitar-led tracks such as ‘Thrust’ and ‘AU’ return to the in-the-red rock-n-roll that is a constant pulse in the veins of the band, before being injected by their new, more ethereal, sonic. ‘Alpendurada’ closes the album in epic proportions as the band weaves in and out of knob-twisting psychedelia and instantly earwormed guitar melodies anchored by a propulsive bass.
Solar Corona’s last two releases, ‘Lightning One’ & ‘Saint-Jean-De-Luz’ (released together in 2019), were as a four-piece with Julius Gabriel’s electroacoustic sax brought along for the journey. Gabriel’s departure from the band in 2020, left a seat open for Lorr No (Fugly, Favela Discos) to bring his own patterned twist to the band’s progressive stonerism. Solar Corona’s ‘PACE’ takes its listener on different and ambitious journey.
‘PACE’ track list:
1. HEAVY METAL SALTS
5. PARKER SP