Supremely mellow, tender Eastern psyche from Norway circa 1970, Oriental Sunshine bombed hard on the initial release of Dedicated To The Bird We Love – perhaps Norway wasn't hip to the sound of sitar psyche back then?
There's really no good reason for this not to have become a classic album in its time – it's truly beautiful, high-quality psychedelic rock amongst the best of its generation. Thankfully, the fine folks at Sunbeam have shown great generosity in bringing Oriental Sunshine back to the surface again.
Comparisons to the softer psyche sounds of Magic Carpet, Mellow Candle, Linda Perhacs, Vashti Bunyan, Velvet Underground and H.P. Lovecraft are warranted. The music is so sophisticated that at times I even think of the early albums by Return To Forever with Flora Purim.
Singer Nina Johansen has a gorgeous flowing, airy voice with a very nice vibrato that soars elegantly over freely dancing forest flutes and masterful sitar voyages. Percussion is of the soft and ethnic variety. Pianos round out the sound.
Fans on incense-heavy, flower power Eastern-tinged psyche will find nothing finer than the smooth sound of Oriental Sunshine. This is probably the best psyche album I have heard in years, and considering how many lost classics are seeing the light of day lately – and then finding their way onto the Left Hip stereo, that's no small compliment. Very highly recommended. ~ Gordon B. Isnor
01. Across Your Life 3:31
02. Mother Nature 3:02
03. Look At Me 1:42
04. Unless 2:51
05. Land Of Wisdom 1:47
06. Let It Be My Birth 2:11
07. Can Anybody Tell 5:48
08. Visions 2:46
09. My Way To Be Hurt 3:05
10. Where You Went 2:51
11. I'm Going 0:58
Action: 10% discount coupon for Depositfiles Gold accounts for 6 months and 1 year periods. The coupon is very simple in usage: you enter it on the Gold account payment page and after the prices are recalculated can buy an account with the discount. Your coupon: vkanhlm5uqib3uugw6aqifkcudbnzqej
Oldish Psych & Prog offers progressive psychedelic rock music mp3 lossless downloads