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By Stephanie Zhu for Pow Magazine
Check out their latest album, Dream Decibels.
With a complete, cohesive flow from start to finish, Dream Decibels takes you through the spectrum of human experience, to the stars and cosmos beyond, and then gently carries you back down to earth with their final song “Back Home.”
Every song on this album has its own purpose and intent. The songs vary dramatically to give you different energetic vibes and feelings. They flow together seamlessly, making for a complete e(ar)-xperience.
Kicking it off with “Faster Than the Speed of Light”: like the name implies, it’s a high-powered anthem that instantly gets you going and brings you up to speed. This is what The Love Dimension offers on first listen, that energetic rocker vibe.
Then, it eases into “Super Velvet Eagle,” slowing it down. This song invoked powerful imagery when I closed my eyes. I saw trippy amoeba-like blobs shrinking and then growing in size. To complement these visuals, the song awakened feelings of traveling through time and space with its synthy guitar, reminiscent of “Tame Impala,” while holding onto their hard rock persona.
The lyrics say things like, “And you tell yourself this is where you’re meant to be,” plus “Are you ever coming back?” These powerful words make you question where you are in the present, infusing the past by making you reflect on every action that has brought you to this current moment, and pointing to the future by asking the questions that place your destiny in the palm of your hands.
The next two songs get you grooving with more classic psychedelic rock sounds.
In the songs “Another Hundred Suns” and “How Many Miles,” you can’t help but feel the good vibes and tingling through your veins. Everything came alive: my hips were gyrating; my head began to bang unconsciously and then consciously.
It just goes to prove that the album builds in an intentional and meaningful way. It slowly awakens each body part, one at a time. Following the excitement and rise in energy from those songs, “Infinity Return” slows it back down. After moving so many parts of your body, this song gives you a chance to channel in the restorative yin energy, putting you in a trance. It showcases the effect that music and vibrations can have on your body and soul.
The Love Dimension shows off their versatility here, proving they can appeal to harder rockers as well as more trancey psychedelic music enthusiasts.
The rest of the album flows just as seamlessly. “Possessed by Possessions” makes you question your relationship to objects, with sounds and lyrics that mimic what it feels like to be overburdened by material possessions.
Then we tap into the universe and the power of the elements with “Cosmic Elevation.” With lyrics like, “your body becomes the earth again,” this song made me think about the fact that nature has its cycle, and us meager humans can’t do anything to stop it. The earth will come to claim us, and then we will move on to cosmic elevation. It is our destiny. Death isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s a part of the cycle.
Finally, the last three songs calm you down and bring you back to earth. Again, the vibe is so different from previous songs; it’s almost like another band is playing. It’s wildly impressive and shows the many different layers of The Love Dimension.
The album as a whole is phenomenal. It makes sense, and it takes you through both human and otherworldly experiences. It brings you down when you need to feel certain emotions and those parts of the human experience. It tranquilizes you when you need to be calmed. And finally, it has rocking hits that will get your body moving and grooving.
Our song "Possessed by Possessions" was played on the show Sub Zero on KDVS in Davis, CA.
Thanks to DenpaFuzz for recommending our new album! Read more
In the track “Another Hundred Suns”, crunchy acid riffs hover along with the hot wind, picking up the dynamic pace, making your speakers exert themselves and putting a strain on your neck.
The Love Dimension gives the right amount of energy through the imperishable vintage transformer. If in the wild, desolate defect of the space-time continuum, Birth Control and Primal Scream had collided, “Another Hundred Suns” would have been born. Hallucinogenic sandy fuzz, a dense drum thread and a combination of twisting vocals make it absolutely clear what sound pressure is.
On January 18, The Love Dimension dropped their fourth LP “Dream Decibels”, full of soulful melodies and quaint action, where grunge, garage rock, surf and much more are patched with psychedelic Californian shreds from the 60's. Read more
Drawing from the feral energy of grunge and the mind-altering haze of ’60s psychedelia, The Love Dimension bridges the gap between three decades with a knack for infectious riffs and fire-starting hooks. The San Francisco denizens are gearing up to start 2019 with the release of their fourth LP, Dream Decibels. They’re also no stranger to the road, as their music video for “How Many Miles” exemplifies...Read more
Happy solstice and holiday season to you!
What an intense year 2018 was! So many twists and turns in this "being human" drama. We're looking forward to the break and starting fresh in 2019.
We know you may have already mentally checked out for the holidays so this is a quick update to let you know what's happening with The Love Dimension.
We received the vinyl for our new album, Dream Decibels, the other day and you can see a picture of it on our instagram page.
The album will be available in physical form at our first 2019 show on 1/18 presented by Truecho at Thee Parkside in San Francisco with our good friends Agouti and The Green Door. It will also be available on all the usual digital outlets on that same day. Follow us on Spotify to get an update when it is released.
In addition to this show, we're working on putting together our 10 year anniversary show which will be happening in late February. More details to come soon.
The last thing to share is that singer and guitar player for The Love Dimension, Jimmy Dias, released two solo albums this fall. Give them a spin and share with your friends and family!
If you don't have Spotify, you can also listen to them on bandcamp.
Thank you for reading and for your support!
From all of us in the Love Dimension, we wish you an amazing holiday season and happy new year!
P.S. As an exclusive for our mailing list members, we have attached a free download of the last track on the album titled "Back Home". It is a song inspired by the winter time so we thought it would be appropriate to share it with you. This song won't be available to the general public until 1/18 so enjoy!
Video feature of the song "Would You Be Willing" off our latest EP, Acceptance courtesy of Sounds New Sounds Good.
By Roman Gokhman
San Francisco groovy psychedelia revivalists The Love Dimension will release a new EP March 30. Acceptance is five tracks reminiscent of The Doors, The Mamas and the Papas and a bit of Jefferson Airplane. The band, led by frontman Jimmy L. Dias, will perform its new material March 30 at a record release show at Rickshaw Stop, and have several Southern California shows this week leading up to the big reveal.
The Love Dimension in concert
Wednesday – 8 p.m. – 21+
Silverlake Lounge in L.A. $10.
Liquid Earth Gathering fest (Pioneertown) $80-$120.
Friday – 8 p.m. – 21+
Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara $10.
8 p.m., Thursday, March 30
Rickshaw Stop w/ Joshua Cook and The Key of Now
To Dias, the name of the new record is about the acceptance of death, and that’s the central theme that courses through the songs.
“We all avoid that reality,” he said. “We like to think there is always tomorrow, but you never know. As I get older, it has become more and more important to me to enjoy each moment as much as possible.”
If that is too grim, understand that the theme rides just below the surface. Listeners can focus on “acceptance” rather than the death.
“You can’t change the past, but you can make a new choice in the present now,” Dias said. “So accept what is. If you like it, cool. If not, make a new choice and move in a different direction.”
The EP begins with the driving, hypnotic “I’ll Find A Way,” a la Golden Earring’s 1973 track “Radar Love,” before transitioning to the more straight-forward psychedelia, with strains of Americana, on “Hey Wall Street Man.” Dias said that a few years ago, he considered trying to make some money on the side by trading stocks and options. Rather than coming up with an avenue to fund his own music, he lost a lot of cash. Learning to get over it and move on plays into the theme of the record. The titular character he sings to on the song is not any one person, but rather the powers that be that seemingly control other peoples’ lives.
“I’m not judging anyone and saying anything is good or bad [because] that would be too much of a generalization,” he said. [Money] is a tool that can be used for whatever purpose and intention the person with it has. It just makes you more of what you already are.”
The Love Dimension performs in numerous configurations, from Dias by himself to many more. Dozens of Bay Area musicians have performed with Dias over the years. For the EP, the frontman recorded with singer-percussionist Celeste Obomsawin, singer-keyboardist Devin Farney, drummer Sonny Pearce, bassist Tommy Anderson and guitarist Kyle DeMartini. While the SoCal shows will be performed as a quartet, the Rickshaw Stop concert will be performed as a seven-piece band. Dias said he’s also working on a new full-length album, which has continued there trend of blending The Love Dimension’s ’60s sound with more modern influences from the ’90s, like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth and The Pixies.
For nearly a decade, The Love Dimension has been a part of the San Francisco music scene. Known for having a unique and amorphous lineup, The Love Dimension defines themselves as a musical collective and has featured as many as 80 musicians throughout their existence. Every evolution brings new variants to the group’s sound, making for a diverse discography that can’t be placed into any one genre. This March sees the release of Acceptance, a new 5-track EP that showcases The Love Dimension’s wide range of influences and musical abilities.
Acceptance opens with “I’ll Find A Way”, a tight, bass-throbbing track with hints of 70’s prog-rock, 90’s stoner rock, and 60’s psychedelia, combined in a way that sounds modern and new. The musicianship on this track is water-tight, with grandiose builds and wild guitar licks layered over the ultra-heavy foundation laid by the bass and drums. The following track, “Hey Wall Street Man”, is a fun, rock n roll romp with a bluesy progression that’ll get dance floors moving. “Would You Be Willing” and “The Cat Is Out” are both steeped in 60s influences- “Would You Be Willing” features poppy, garage-psych with catchy hooks and melodic basslines; “The Cat is Out” relaxes the sound into a laid-back 60s jam session, tinged with psychedelia.
The EP’s closing track, “On and On”, has a track length as long as nearly all the other tracks combined, clocking in at just over 12 minutes. The track builds slowly, but throughout its duration travels through a vast landscape of varying tempos and sounds, ranging from ethereal to manic. It’s a wild trip that reflects the musical collective that defines The Love Dimension.
Acceptance will be officially released March 30th, 2017 at The Love Dimension’s show at Rickshaw Stop in SF, and will be concurrently available for purchase online via the band’s website.
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Review written by Sheena Salazar for POW Magazine