With a name like Aepos One for a debut EP Night of the Lotuseater is in any case not to blame any lack of ambition. The men are no big name, but the stoner genre fans may recognize them from the first edition of the festival Into the Void or support for the intoxicating Monomyth. The band themselves are similarly properly practiced in the art of sonically intoxicating, as they are able to demonstrate on this instrumental EP.
However, they tackle it differently than many of their genre peers. Stoner fans looking forward to heavy guitar riffs and violent drums, are here disappointed; Stockholm opener initially sounds even slightly poppy. The guitars playing catchy melodies and playful drums go along, instead of mercilessly to set the pace. Halfway through the song, the fuzz on the guitars and the song goes more in depth.
This brings us straight to the striking point of this EP, it’s production. As the subtitle An Electric Production of Space suggests, the band has chosen for a whole spatial production. All individual instruments are easy to distinguish and play freely in each other, which only sometimes dominates the electric guitar. Paired with the light echo, the numbers have just one more psychedelic slant, which is strongly reminiscent of bands like Hawkwind with some influences from the earlier work of Earth.
These space rock influences are more audible on the more drawn-out songs from this EP. The much more minimal Dublin begins with quiet guitar melodies that gradually bury more power. The fuzz and drums are always a little further becoming more present, but always retain again before the song erupts. This command brings the nuances in the songs beautifully upward, leaving the record for fans definitely worth a multiple listen. At the same time it can be frustrating to work for first listeners since the songs – apart from a single guitar melody – are not very catchy.
Berlin has a trace of melancholy. This aligns perfectly with the cover of the record which is made by photographer Niels Stomps. With his project 83 Days of Darkness, he made a photo series on the Italian village of Viganella, which is 83 days per year in darkness because the sun never rises above the mountain peaks. In a sense Aepos One is a sort of soundtrack to this event by the combination of hope and melancholy by the songs it resonates around.
With their debut album Night of the Lotuseater has delivered a nice EP with many nuances to which you can easily daydream. For the fan here there’s enough to pick up because with every listen there is something new to discover in the songs. On the other hand for those who’d simply wants banging a pot, better take refuge elsewhere.
Met een naam als Æpos One voor een debuut EP valt Night of the Lotuseater in elk geval geen gebrek aan ambitie te verwijten. De mannen zijn nog geen grote naam, maar liefhebbers van het stonergenre kunnen ze kennen van de eerste editie van het Into the Void festival of als support van het bedwelmende Monomyth. Dat bedwelmen is de band zelf ook behoorlijk geoefend in, zoals ze weten te demonstreren op deze instrumentale EP.