Sunflowers return with their third LP, Endless Voyage. A conceptual sci-fi record about the end of the world, the rise of the machine, doubt about one’s individuality and the acceptance of chaos.
This is a story about the Studiomaster… an entity seeking out the decadent minds of mankind and warping their reality from within as it pulls you into its world. As you feel the calmness settle in, you begin to question your surroundings. The journey continues until you
can no longer draw the line between your perception of reality and what the machine wants you to believe is real. A simulation where the user is always kept away from the world around them and kept distracted to the machine’s plan. Don’t get distracted, he might be listening in on your thoughts… You will be taken on a voyage with many ups and downs and you will beg to do it over and over.
Listening to it, the classic psych punk, noisy pop sound that the band has been preaching has been polished and tamed (to some degree) with a fresh air of exploration into their sound. A ping pong game between pulsing drums, bouncy bass, reverberated echoes of vocals and loud schizophrenic guitars meet a mellower, smoothed electronic compositions that go deep into the band’s musical knowledge.
Truly a rollercoaster of a record, Endless Voyage runs smoothly through its 40 minutes, pulling you in and out of a trance you forget your’e in. Then morning comes and you realise you’ve been fully gripped by it, leaving a howling hiss in your ears and your soul.