Babylonian Tiles

Teknicolour Aftermath

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Despite several personnel changes, the Babylonian Tiles sound has stayed remarkably consistent. Teknicolour Aftermath ranks as superior to previous releases based mainly on the slightly stronger songs and more accomplished musical breaks. As always, whether you love or hate the group rests on your opinion of Bryna Golden's voice. The resemblance to South Asian and Indian traditional styles has been remarked on by some reviewers, but Golden claims more inspiration from jazz vocalists. Wherever she gets her influences, her slightly nasal inflection and athletic swoops over keyboard-drenched gothic psychedelia make for an unforgettable and unique sound. Her vocals work on every song here, except the cover of Donovan's "Season of the Witch," which sounds out of character and forced. The band powers out a creepy, complex, rythmic stew that has some genuinely exciting synergies between guitar and organ. The fat bass sound and some exotic chiming percussion complete the picture. The band is accomplished and shows off on some extended instrumental breaks, notably on "Electrified Eyes" and the title cut. As with Golden's vocals there are suggestions of Asian, Arabic, and Oriental rhythms mixed into the complex rock, giving a sense of sophistication to driving rock pieces. Babylonian Tiles has carved out a distinct niche in the rock world, one which may be too eclectic and odd to ever be widely popular, but which many listeners will appreciate. Those who are interested will find Teknicolour Aftermath the best place to start.

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