Purson - Rocking Horse
Purson have created quite a stir on the London scene of late, grabbing prize support slots with the doom greats Pentagram and Electric Wizard, whilst their debut 7" on the legendary Rise Above label sold out on pre-order. Now Rocking Horse is getting a digital release, complete with two extra tracks, so the general populous can hear what all the fuss is about. A hazy mix of prog, psychedelia and doom, you could be forgiven on first listen for mistaking it as a long lost gem from the 70s; but this is a distinctly modern view on that decade, the over-indulgence and missteps discarded and the pure core refined with the benefit of hindsight.
The mellotron is an ever-present, laying a perfect backdrop for the playful yet menacing guitar riffs to weave their magic. It is the voice of Rosalie Cunningham, a mere slip of a girl, that adds the final delightful touch; beautiful but strong, her tales of childhood nostalgia warm the cockles of the heart as easily as they chill the souls with the hints of witchcraft and medieval myths in true English doom style. It has been a long time since such a band has been able to create this sort of excitement without the artificial machinations of the big labels and their media, and long may it be so.