Introducing Night Sound

Written by: BV on 06/10/2013 19:13:05

Giöbia is an Italian quartet that hails from Milan. Their sound can easily be characterized as an eclectic blend of psychedelic pop, space-rock and garage sounds, however that would only grasp the most obvious concepts of their sound. On this, their third studio album, Giöbia incorporate elements from post-rock, experimental shoe-gaze drones and oddly progressive rhythms reminiscent of the new wave sound.

As the album opens with the title track, “Introducing Night Sound”, the haunting drones are tremolo-fueled visions of what’s to come. The eerie drone passage makes way for a heavily distorted guitar sound and some wailing, echo-vocals that give off the immediate impression of a track that fits the title quite well as these are night sounds, albeit in a haunting, nightmarish way. On the following track, “Can’t Kill”, the slightly more psych-pop related sounds start appearing as the upbeat, yet still eerie soundscape makes its way through a slightly more comprehensible songstructure. Even though the vocals are still free-floating and echo-drenched, the overall impression seems a bit more focused and, well, not quite as incoherent as the increasingly eerie title track.

With “No One To Depend On”, the synth/organ part of the soundscape assumes a quite dominant role. It works for the better, as the songs begin to make a rather lasting impression from this point forward due to the increasingly coherent structures of the songs. The slightly pop-sounding melodies that are melded together with the increasing indulgence in heavy psychedelia start to give off the vibe of a band that is not only confident in its expression, but also quite skilled – both as a single entity and as individual musicians, as these twists and turns that lurk around every corner of the soundscape cannot be easy to comprehend. - Let alone execute.

One could argue that Giöbia has a lot in common with a band like Vibravoid, seeing as both bands indulge in the increasingly eerie, far-out psych that always seems to work its way back to an organ-dominated psych-pop agenda. The major difference here though, is that Vibravoid might do so better than Giöbia. Don’t get me wrong, as Giöbia have shown excessive skill on most of the tracks on this third outing. However, I also feel like there could be more to it as such, as there are quite a few moments where I do believe the band loses sight of the song as a whole and become far too self-indulgent for their own good - for instance on the title track, where the drone is all-encompassing. Another example could be the entrancing riff of “Orange Camel” which, quite frankly, comes off as a far too repetitive drone with few truly dynamic moments. In short, Giöbia are still good, but they could be a lot better.


Download: Introducing Night Sounds, Can’t kill, A Hundred Comets
For The Fans Of: Vibravoid, Pyramidal, Electric Moon

Release Date 29.05.2013
Sulatron Records

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