Since their inception four years ago Melbourne’s The Ovals have staked out a unique niche in the city’s bustling live scene, hitting a chord with punters and critics alike.
Combining the visions of David Kalkman (keys, vox), Tadhg W Neal (guitar, vox), Danny Smith (bass) and Duane Manning (drums) The Ovals explode the psychedelic rock canon; fusing it with progressive rock sensibilities alongside a deeply considered musicality.
Informed by the artistic practice of such musical revolutionaries as Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Can and Ash Ra Tempel; The Ovals’ kaleidoscopic dreamscapes are both intoxicating and visceral, taking the listener into ranging musical terrains. Says Kalkman, “Through our music we like to invoke a sense of wonder and the big picture. Tadhg writes poetry and we’re interested in philosophy and literature so I think that is reflected in the music and lyrics.”
The Ovals have built upon and expanded on their previous effort, 2009’s Innerspace, to create an EP of singular vision and addictive appeal. Into The Eyes Of Those Who Sleep is a four-track marvel of painstakingly crafted progressive psychedelic rock.
Their music evokes the wonders of science fiction within the guise of indie psychedelia.
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