by Matheson Kamin
The San Francisco-based band The Love Dimension is a musical ensemble that has gone through many different formations over the span of its history. The Psychedelic Rock band is steeped deeply in the sound of the psychedelic music produced in the 1960s. So much so that when you listen to the band’s catalog of music, you feel like you’ve immediately have been transported back in time. There is nothing like listening to the innovators of Psychedelic Rock from back in the 1960s. However, the music from The Love Dimension is as authentic as you can get…for a band that is 4 decades removed from that time period.
The band has gone through many different members and formations throughout the history of the group. But the band has maintained the same quality in its sound. That has to do with singer/multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Dias. Dias ensures that the sound will remain no matter who is currently in the band.
With that said, The Love Dimension is celebrating the release of their newest EP entitled Freakquency Space Mind Continuum. On this release, Jimmy Dias took the reins completely and created the entire album on his own. Dias added all instrumentation and vocals to every one of the 5 tracks that make up the new EP. While created by one person, Freakquency Space Mind Continuum sounds as genuine and full as anything released by an entire band of musicians.
Freakquency Space Mind Continuum begins with the track “Together Again”. Like much of the band’s music, the track immediately takes the listener back to the sixties. It contains just the right amount of musical inspiration from that time period. With this track, Jimmy Dias shows off his talents as a multi-dimensional musician. Every note feels as genuine as if an entire group created the track and not just one musician. For instance, the guitar parts on the track blend together to create a layered effect. That layered effect adds a lot of texture to the track. For the rest of the instrumentation, the drums and bass parts feel just as genuine as the guitar on the track. “Together Again” is one track that allows Jimmy Dias to shine as a musician.
The new release from The Love Dimension continues with the song “When Soul Love Begins”. The previous track features a very strong retro feel to the music. However, “When Soul Love Begins” finds Dias adding even more of a psychedelic feel to the music. Dias moves the song even further into the sound of the sixties. The biggest and most obvious psychedelic influence in the song comes from the addition of the electric sitar. The sitar and the electric guitar add just the right retro feeling to the music. The electric guitar and electric sitar compliment the lyrics that also feel rather dated. And while dated, the lyrics and music together will give fans of the sixties just a little reminder of what that time period sounded like.
Freakquency Space Mind Continuum continues with the instrumental track of “Surf Heart”. For “Surf Heart,” Jimmy Dias stays in the retro state of mind for yet another track. The music brings to mind surf gods like Dick Dale, The Ventures and other instrumental artists. These artists helped to shape the style of “Surf Heart”. Although there is that influence in the music, Dias creates a song that stays away from copying any specific playing style. Because of that, the surf rock on the song is unmistakable as to the style of the music. However, the track is not too overly influenced by any one particular entity.
The next track of “Get Real Wild” finds the music gaining a lot more of a groove. The track ends up being that track on the release to get up and dance to. “Get Real Wild” would have been easily featured on any of the dance shows back in the 60s had it existed back then. The song then transforms into a more acoustic version of itself as “It Could Be a While.” The additional minute and a half continues the song before bringing the EP to a close.
The Love Dimension’s Freakquency Space Mind Continuum once again shows off the talents of Jimmy Dias. Even more so this time ‘round as he created the 5-track release himself. Every musical element on the release came from one individual musician. The newest release from The Love Dimension proves itself to be solid from the first note up to the final note.