This prolific Austrian psych band are back with another release. They have 41 albums on bandcamp! I quite like these guys and find them very creative and interesting. This CD features 6 tracks with one main theme- Coming, Fear, Darkness, Darkness+, Rejoice, BURN!!! First track opens with an almost classical overture like violin, drums and slowly the track develops based on the edgy violin. At 2mins or so the email singer does a like spoken word as the track slowly builds in intensity with the same theme reported over and over and over. Fear has a heavy guitar riff and a more clean one and just a powerful build with some synths and fear raising tension as it grows over the 5 minutes. At 2.5 minutes the female vocal comes in and speaks of fear and pain. Some really cool guitar work. Darkness features some nice organ, slide guitar, whispered vocals, and a sort of spaghetti western like feel and even some flute. It is a strange mixture of instruments but I like it. Darkness+ is next and we return to the original theme that started the record off but with a few modifications and more vocals but the violin theme is quite similar. Rejoice is a more happy track with some flute and an addictive groove. Burn ends the record and also has more of a groove to it and some sort of tribal vibe with a lot of complex layers.. What a cool record. Loved it…
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Sunday, May 2, 2021
SOUNDS OF A NEW SOMA- LIVE AT STUDIO HELMTOWN (Tonzonen TON100) //TRIP (Tonzonen TON104)
As for the Trip, this is something totally unique to the SOANS catalog. The artwork has virtually no information so this makes it quite mysterious. Like the previous record this features just two long and strange tracks (my wife did not like it at all).. Probably not my fave record by them either but it is cool to see them explore and do something really unique. Check them out!!
GRAND ASTORIA, THE- FROM THE GREAT BEYOND EP (Addicted 770)
Anyway, the EP features 6 well produced tracks staring with the mainly acoustic guitar and vocal track From the Great Beyond. A few spacey sounds mixed in as well until 2 minutes then some keyboard dominate the melodic theme but this is a track focused on the vocals, which are sung almost all the way through. Wasteland starts with a heavy riff and some dark lyrics. Short 3min track. Njanatilka is a heavy metal track with some double kick drums and a heavy riff that is repeated over and over for the first minute. The vocal is very pressed and strained at the very edge of the vocalist range. The track has a very groggy mid section with nice keys and flute before stepping back into the heavy direction. Great stuff. Us against the World, is a very intense track with a lot of ups and downs, heavy, melodic, etc… Towards the end, the vocals are in the higher range again as the drummer pounds and the guitars twist and grate and the intensity just does not let up. Phew… The CD ends with a short track called Ten Years Anniversary Riff.
This is a killer band, one of the best and most unique in this genre in Russia. Just excellent stuff. The CD digisleeve comes with a nice booklet with all the dark lyrics! Nice package.
LITMUS- GOD BOMB 7” (Litmus Music 2020)
Space rock-punk band Litmus are back with their first release in 9 years. The band is basically a trio (Marek Bublik, Martin Harvey, Simon Fiddler) for the last few years and occasionally they have a synth player (James in this case). The band have stayed active on the UK scene playing gigs every year but this is the first new music in a while. It features 2 tracks. God bomb starts things off on the A side (see video below) with some spaced out sounds and then a mid-paced rocker with a mellotron backing while the vocals kick in and then the simple rock riff is backed by more spaced sounds. All the band contribute to the vocals. Cool track.Flip the 7” over for Post Sonic Age, this is a more intense rocker again with mellotron and a bit of punky edge with an effected vocal but the chorus is clean. Lyrically it is about the digital music/world revolution that has changed and fucked up the world. Catchy track. Hope the guys are working on a full length record. I dig this track.
PREE TONE- BREKKA (Addicted 756)
80s indie psych stuff is a big influence on these guys. This track though turns into a sort of hypnotic stoner rock for a bit after 4mins. That really caught me by surprise as the band get quite tripped out. Super cool track. Invention of Living from is next and the vocal is quite spacey in this high energy track with a bit of reverb. The last track, Flow, this one has some repeated guitar lines and is a bit noisy and krautrock like. The guitar slowly gets a bit more effected and trippy.. Cool record guys..
LIQUID SOUND COMPANY- PSYCHOACTIVE SONGS FOR THE PSOUL (LSR2021)
It has been 10 years since the last LSC album. This album is released initially on a CD with the first 50 copies coming with a cool magnet! It features 8 tracks, of which 3 are instrumentals. It is great to hear how they have really maintained their core sound from 10-15 years ago. A lot of unusual instruments are used and sitar and flute (by guests) on Mahayuga, give it that bit of eastern feel. I think the band really nailed it with this record. Really cool songs and great lyrics. Check them out for sure.. I am not sure when the vinyl edition will be out but I will want to grab it for sure!
JUICE OH YEAH- JUICE OH YEAH CD (Addicted 741)
I have to say the first time I played this CD, I was like, what the fuck.. but by the 3rd time, I really got it and this band (or should I say Boris) is pretty cool. Quite unique sound.
LA OTRACINA- WOKE ON WAVES LP (In For The Kill Records IFTK 016))
Here is what the band wrote about the record: “LA OTRACINA recorded two albums worth of instrumental music at those 2007 "Blood Moon Rider" sessions, one of which was the songs/compositions for the "Blood Moon Riders" album, and the other was 45 minutes of absolutely heady and masterfully crafted psychedelic exloratory improvisations, from the time-period when the group was at their freak-rock/free-improvisational peak! And after 14 years, these mind-blowing jams are now to be revealed to the universe for the first time ever as "Woke On Waves”.
I just have to say I am glad that I own this and while I only have a few of the bands albums, this one is really special and more spaced out some how at least on the ling album side A. The band has a great energy as well. Damn cool archive release.
CIOLKOWSKA- Psychedelia (Addicted)