Chicago’s own psychedelic explorers, Verma are back with their first proper full-length offering since the band’s self-released ‘Exu’ album (not counting, of course the ‘Coltan’ LP - conceived as a soundtrack to a VICE web series & released on vinyl by us here at Trouble In Mind in 2013). “Sunrunner” finds the band veering back towards the cosmic (or ‘kosmiche’), song-oriented compositions without sacrificing their sharply honed talents for improvisation in the studio, culling together their tightest suite of tunes to date.
“Regolith” opens up the album with buzzing feedback, as a roaring guitar line kicks in like an air-raid siren before the song’s propulsive engines erase you from existence. ‘Sunrunner’ tarries back & forth nimbly between the opener & “Chrome”s rocket-fueled reverberations & the soothing sways of songs like the instrumental alien pulse of ‘Erato’ & the soaring title track that closes ‘Sunrunner’, gliding off into the outer reaches of Earth’s atmosphere.
The album flows past you before you even realize, a true testament to the musical synergy & talents of the band, who form an almost symbiotic relationship in the live setting, capturing & documenting their psychic bond on “Sunrunner” The swirling, layered loops of Johnny Caluya’s guitar mesh seamlessly with the interstellar drones & throbs ebbing from Whitney Johnson’s Acetone, but the real secret weapon of ‘Sunrunner’ lies in the rhythm section of bassist Rob Goerke & drummer Zach Corn’s locked-tight grooves that pulse steadily & subtly like all great rhythm sections are supposed to, providing a rubbery backbone that supports the albums seven tunes.
RIYL: Hawkwind, Cave, Loop, Neu!, Spacemen 3, Ruth White, Eat Lights Become Lights