It was almost a full year ago that Colour Haze‘s track “Transformation” was hosted for streaming as a way of reminding the Munich trio’s fans that they were still working hard on their long-awaited 10th album, She Said, and at that point, the record was already long past due. She Said has been met with snags every step of the way, from recording, to re-recording, to production — even to the point that last week, guitarist/vocalist Stefan Koglek sent out an update that there was a problem in the vinyl manufacturing.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay these couriers from delivering their trademark and boomingly influential heavy psychedelia. Make no mistake — She Said exists, and it’s on its way. The CD version is due from the plant before the end of this week and my understanding is it will be available any day now for purchase at long, long last. It’s been four years since Koglek, bassist Philipp Rasthofer and drummer Manfred Merwald released All — double their longest prior stretch between studio albums — and it should say something about the quality of their output that the clamor for new material has only grown in that time.
The good news is that She Said is of a scale to stand up to the delay. An 81-minute 2CD, it’s the first Colour Haze studio offering to comprise more than one disc since 2003′s Los Sounds de Krauts, and the tones are no less warm for the frustration that must have been so present in their creation. As you’ll hear when Rasthofer‘s bass starts the 12-minute disc-two opener, “Breath,” Colour Haze‘s sound is more expansive than ever, bringing in guest vocals alongside Koglek‘s and embarking on an inimitable psychedelic pastoral. As “Breath” also captures the band’s jamming sensibilities and the all-important dynamic between Koglek, Rasthofer and Merwald, it seemed too perfect a summation of She Said to not highlight.
Thanks to Koglek and Elektrohasch for the permission to host the song for streaming. Colour Haze will embark on the European “XXL Tour” following the CD release, playing three-hour sets with guest musicians, special lighting and more.
Info and dates for that follow “Breath,” which you’ll find on the player below. Please enjoy:
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Colour Haze XXL Tour with Saturnia supporting:
27.09 Rüsselsheim Das Rind GER
28.09 London Garage UK
29.09 Paris Nouveau Casino FR
30.09 Antwerp Trix BEL
01.10 Köln Live Music Hall GER
02.10 Karlsruhe Substage GER
03.10 Bern ISC CH
04.10 Geneva L’usine CH
05.10 Salzburg Rockhouse A
06.10 Linz Stadtwerkstatt A
07.10 Wien Arena A
08.10 Jena F Haus GER
09.10 Bremen Schlachthof GER
10.10 Berlin Lido GER
11.10 Warsaw Progresja POL
12.10 Dresden Scheune GER
13.10 München Feierwerk GER
For news and updates, visit Colour Haze‘s recently redone website here.
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