To accurately introduce the This Other Kingdom, the Neo-Psychedelic Rock band based in Dublin, it is perhaps necessary to look at their name. One may assume that the band’s name originated from a line in the song “A Feast of Friends” by The Doors; a poem by Jim Morrison with music arranged over it by the remaining members of the band seven years after the frontman’s passing.
This assumption seems validated as “The Day, Your Day”, the first song on This Other Kingdom’s debut album, begins with a confident riff leading into Del Kerton’s vocals that echo the singing style of Morrison himself. His vocals are certainly an appealing factor as the album initiates and remain so throughout the record.
The album lives up to the band’s description as Neo-Psychedelic as they create a tone comprising of floating riffs and echoing vocals. This creates a cohesive feeling that is maintained throughout the album. However as they threaten to lack variety, “Vacate the Horror” is delivered forcing the listener to take notice with an anthemic chorus and deep, bounding riff. This impressive song has arguably the most potential amongst the album to make a break into a more mainstream domain.
“Plasticine Dream” comes straight after and also stands out due to its catchy integration of intricate guitar work and Kerton’s distinctive vocals. There is a relatively nice balance between heavy, deep-seated songs such as “Red Balloon” and upbeat, euphoric ones like “He Controls The Sea”, even as it sometimes weights heavier on the former sound. The latter song appears early and would surely make for an entertaining live performance. The album closes on “Rewind // Refind”, which superbly evokes a feeling of a journey coming to a climax and is a fitting end to the record, impressively utilising a full-bodied guitar riff to create a tone of grandeur.
The album requires patience and may not boast radio-friendly songs but it is a very respectable debut album from the band and certainly displays a sound in which they appear to exude a great deal of confidence and self-assurance. The album will be a pleasurable listen for those that enjoy bands reminiscent of The Doors but the overriding thought that springs to mind is that it may not be to the liking of all. This is not a denunciation of the band, as they may well find larger success in fine-tuning and exploring their own unique sound and this album has set a very promising foundation.