There’s something deeply hypnotic about the music of Stone Submarines. Since dropping their debut EP Monster Wave in 2017, the Moscow-based outfit have carved out a sound that feels simultaneously grounded and exploratory; it’s rooted in vintage psychedelic sounds, but reaches into far more experimental and exciting sonic territories.
Now, with the release of their debut self-titled full-length album, the group continue to build their penchant for crafting truly immersive gems of psychedelia. If you listen to one new album today, make it this one.
On their debut self-titled full-length album, Moscow-based outfit Stone Submarines deliver a sprawling slice of indie-psychedelic brilliance.
Throughout the new record, Stone Submarines—made up of guitarist/vocalist Nikolay Morozov, guitarist Sergey Karmanov, bassist Sergey Frolov, and drummer Alex Shanin—glide through a hallucintoary blend of psychedelia and indie-rock to deliver something uniquely their own. With layers of scuzzy guitars and dreamy vocal hooks, this new album radiates with mesmerising musical energy.
Across its eight-track run-time, the records pull in myriad sonic directions—it never sits in one place for too long. This, however, is arguably the album’s most endearing quality. One moment you’ll be floating through blissful, stripped-back melodies, and the next you’ll be submerged in bone-rattling psychedelic madness.
The album opens with Jack’s Adventure In A Concrete Forest; transitioning from ambient noise into riff-fuelled psych. From here, the band embark on a truly epic auditory quest. All Rise showcases their knack for crafting memorable melody lines, while Revolver is a crunching slab of alt-rock brilliance (the horns here are absolutely superb). Downtown is a standout track, flaunting the band’s firm grasp on psychedelic songwriting.
By the time album closer Late Night Tale fades out of existence, you’ll have been roped in completely by Stone Submarines’ sprawling blend of sounds.
These may still be relatively early days for this Moscow band, but judging by the quality of what we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes.
In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to the new album above.