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Album Review

Though Ex Reverie is the band name to which this album is billed, it's very much dominated by singer/songwriter Gillian Chadwick, who wrote all the songs in addition to playing numerous instruments. In some ways, The Door into Summer fits into the indie acid-folk-rock scene of the time around which it was released (2008), with its sad melodies, wistful melancholy lyrics flush with natural imagery suggestive of a slightly alternative reality, and use of strings, flute, dulcimer, and bells. In some other ways, however, it deviates from the usual path of such efforts, with periodic swathes of thundering hard rock passages with electric guitars. Chadwick's vocal delivery has a stern regal cast reminiscent of some of the women who sang in psychedelic rock outfits of the late '60s and early '70s, with very slight traces of the likes of Grace Slick and Melanie audible from time to time. Those harder rocking influences make this stand out from some of the similar albums of its time, but Ex Reverie are nonetheless more attractive when they go for folkier moods, as they do on the closing "Cedar, Pt. 2." Overall, it's an occasionally haunting but somewhat grim record, like a late autumn in which the eventual onset of spring is not expected.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Self-described as "glam rock from the year 1066," Ex Reverie is a neo-psychedelic folk project led by bewitching blonde frontwoman Gillian Chadwick. As a lead guitarist for Golden Ball and collaborator in Woodwose and Rusalnaia, Gillian felt the urge to explore her musical roots and start a solo project that reached back to the days when she was discovering David Bowie and Jefferson Airplane while growing up in a small shack looking over the Blue Ridge Mountains. After picking up a guitar, she had...
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