Camera Stellata is a very soft opener. This is the third album from the one man army Craig Scott who has also had a track included in the Stoner Doom Vol 1 album with a song from his first release Recorded content. From reading on his website about the album he talks about the album being about the riff so I was very much looking forward to hearing what this album had to offer.
The first track is a laid back electronic number. Itís not until the second song that the first big Guitar riff appears. The guitar sound at this point was reminding me of Neil young when he went through his grunge faze. Itís almost as if he has layered the album as in that each new song introduces a new element. By the third song vocals are added and also some slightly heavier guitar riffs at this point.
Thereís lots of music on this album with no vocals but itís never dull and has plenty of colour. The album revolves around what he calls the Beat of Infinity and this beat is featured on all of the songs. He has some very cool fuzz guitar sounds going on and some of the tracks have a real groove to them.
I really enjoyed the track You Babbling Fluent Babylonian which had some very cool guitar riff age. Corpus Coliseum had glimmers of The Cure in it at points but at other times it was heavier. Inverse Curse is another very cool track quite rocky and some cool vocals over top.
Dream Park starts out with some pretty crazy guitar that becomes quite thundering at times it was pretty cool. Rif Mountains ends the album with some nice big solid riffs that rock the album out.
Itís really hard to pigeon hole this album because thereís some cool heavy guitar but the beats are so electronic that it bears more towards that way. Itís a great guitar album for those that love the Riff. Apparently the live shows go off.
Work on the new Photonic songs started in Auckland, 2008, just after I finished Recorded Contact. By mid 2009 I had invented the Beat of Infinity and gone solo.
After playing some solo live shows using this beat, I knew that it would also be fun and the best way to write and record the third Photonic album.
As always, I wanted the Photonic songs to be about riffs. How riffs could fit together to sustain original plateaus of feeling and how repitition and variation of heavy, non-downtuned riffs formed musical mantras.