Review: The Ego Ritual - The Ego Ritual EP (released January 14, 2019)

The Ego Ritual came together, according to vocalist James Styring, when guitarist and old friend William James Ward appeared on Styring’s doorstep and said, “Let’s write some songs!” And so they did, and with Gaz Wilde joining them on drums, they recorded this, their splendid self-titled debut EP. The EP consists of four songs of jangly, tripped out psychedelia, and one short outro piece. 60’s artists like Syd’s Pink Floyd and Tomorrow are certainly touchstones, but this is only where it begins, and what we have here is something more akin to latter day psych artists such as Robyn Hitchcock and Anton Barbeau (Styring’s vocals even remind me of Barbeau’s!), but The Ego Trip adds a certain pun

Jeff Fitzgerald

is a writer, musician and broadcaster. He formerly hosted the radio shows

Electronic Realizations on CKMS-FM and Prog World and  River Gibbs FM. He wrote for 15 years for the webzine Aural Innovations. He is also one half of the space prog duo The Star Diaries, one half of the electronic music duo Systems of Wonder, and is part of the Arcturus Strange collective.

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