A hypnotic new single from Toronto-based act Love Power the Band, “Psychedelic Halo” mesmerizes with a serenely otherworldly charm. “Angels touch my body,” a melding of vocal layers let out amidst pit-pattering percussion and a serene bass line. Glimmering tones past the two-minute mark, combining with the subtly escalating vocal layers for a spine-tingling impact.
Atmospheric guitar additions, in a dream-pop/shoegaze-y aesthetical realm, linger underneath. Aquatic-like effects appear as the rhythm section begins to escalate; guitars feverishly excite alongside, driving into a satiating conclusion that embraces the heady psych-rock realm. The lead vocalist, Ananda Xenia Shakti, also wrote the track — inspired by meditation, and embracing an awakening of higher realm consciousness in its thematic outpouring and caressing lyrical qualities.
Ananda Xenia Shakti elaborates further on the track and its inspirations:
“This song came to me in Meditation. At first, it was a singer-songwriter vibe, a gentle piece with me singing out my heart about how it feels to commune with the Angels and strumming along on my guitar. As the time to record it came closer, it started morphing into what first felt like the Velvet Underground finding God. We took it into rehearsal, and I said, ‘Ok, guys think the Angels and Velvet Underground meet.’ The result is a psychedelic experience that will activate the Kundalini energy and transport listeners to the Angelic Realms.”
Alongside Shakti on the track are guitarist Niranjan Gundu Singh, bassist Marcos Alexander Ordoriez, and percussionist Shambhu Natha. Co-production comes via Snappy Homefry Kipp and Saakhi Music Production.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.
We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.