Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Kungens män- Fuzz på Svenska 2LP (Adansonia AR027)

The Swedish improvising Kraut psych band is back with another record. This comes in a very cool package with red and white vinyl, matching inner sleeves and nice layout of images to match the tracks. The album features 4 long tracks (12-19mins) and a couple of shorter pieces to make a total album of about 72mins long.  It took me a while to get into this record. I did not quite get it at first but then it really has grown on me. You need to crank it out LOUD..  You can hear the full album below. Enjoy…

The Bad Light/ Tuna de Tierra- The Bad Tuna (Phonosphera Records ph12)

The Italian label, Phonosphera has started a series of split LPs featuring Italian but also foreign bands.  I have never heard of either of these bands. The Bad Light is a trio (no bass player) from Santa Cruz, CA. Seems they have been around since at least 2012.  Palo Santo is a short 1min intro track before the groovy track called Goodshit! Nice slow stoner groove with some interesting singing (Guitarist is the lead singer).  The Feels starts with just guitar and then the drums and bass kick in on this slow-paced track with a bluesy feel and you hear the female vocal of Celeste a bit more clearly. Love the gravely lead vocal. I really miss a guitar solo on this track. Love Letter ends the side with another bluesy track with some powerful and emotional vocals. I miss the bass with this band, as the guitar player often is playing like a bass and there are no guitar solos at all.

Tuna de Tierra is a trio from Naples and this is their 3rd release. Red Sun starts things off slow and spacey.  It slowly builds up into a riff rock track (no lead guitar) and goes through several instrumental sections after the vocals.  Bad Sun wends with a slightly different guitar effect (cool sound) as the vocal comes in (I feel like screaming!) and it is over. Ash is a mid-paced dark and heavier track.

After the vocal (very dry), a guitar solo with a bit of delay and other effects is played as the sound opens up a bit before the downtuned riff kicks back in. The track speeds up towards the end.  El Paso de la Tortuga closes this album with a 4 min track. It starts off with the drums before the bass and drums kick in. I really like the old western feel to the guitar on this totally different track and a great one to end the record.  Two very different bands on this split LP. Check it out.


The Re-stoned- Stories of the Astral Lizard (Oak Island Records OIR26)

The Re-Stoned are slowly releasing all the stuff they have recorded over the years. This album was recorded back in 2015 and only seeing the light of day. It is the most laid back record the band has made. 5 tracks in total and  featuring a 6 piece band (Ilya-Guitars, bass, synths, fx), Evgeniy- percussion, rain stick, Alexander- Bass, Arkadiy- Synth, Sergey- Bass, and Alina- Flute. It starts with the mellow floating track, Fractal Panorama, which features mainly guitar with some light percussion, rain stick, spoken words. The focus is on the guitars though, which guide you along. Mental Print for Free continues on with a very similar slow glide, with a shimmer of rain stick, spacey synth but again, one rhythm guitar and one lead to show you the way. It features some spacey synth at the end of the track. A Companion from the Outside closes the side and the main guitar line is has a bit more mysterious vibe. There are some nice synths sounds from Akradiy on this track. Such nice guitar. Flip the record over for Two Astral Projections, another slower one but with a different mood and acoustic guitar. The percussion is mixed a bit more into this track as well. Very spacey guitar at times. The Heather Carnival ends the record and features some beautiful flute from Alina. Very nice artwork and A3 poster comes with the LP as well.