Category: 2016

Melting Hand – High Collider (2016)

“A psych dirge supergroup 4 piece from Newcastle, London and France. Black hole feed-backer twin lead guitar freakouts from Russell Smith (ex skullflower and current member of Terminal Cheesecake) and Mike Vest (current member of BONG, Blown Out, 11Paranoias). Suspended in the heavy cosmos by sonic basslines from Gordon Smith (Current member of Terminal Cheesecake and Luminous Bodies) with total concussion tempo from Tom Fug (Gum Takes Tooth).”

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Lee Van Cleef – Holy Smoke (2016)

“Clearly influenced by bands like Earthless, Black Bombaim, and Electric Moon the three musician have clearly clicked in a serious way to have produced an album that is worthy of comparison to these three terrific bands. The music has that marvellous balance of tightness and improvisation that mark out bands who stand out in the stoner/ space rock bandlands; an area that can be littered with all sorts of debris that often means you cannot see the planets from the asteroids. Fee Lee Van Cleef, however, come through like a gas giant…heavy, fluid and impossible to overlook.”

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Acid Guru Pond – Acid Guru Pond (2016)

“The album opens with a bit of pastoral psych before it moves into heavier tones and the ozone burn of AMT and Guru Guru can both be felt. Its not as slung with rhythmic chug as one might expect given that Guru Guru is involved, rather the combo seems to be coasting on melted vibes that roll through floor puddled zone out to the clash of free jazz ramble (specifically “Orange”). By the time “Red” rolls around the record drops into noisier territory, smoldering in full on cinder-psych territory, uncomfortable in any position and twisting to break free of its constraints.”

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Kandodo / McBain – Lost Chants / Last Chance (2016)

“A meeting of like minds surfing the sonic highways to tonal oblivion. These four castaways on Sonic Island have delivered an album that evokes the long lost and revered genre “Drug-Rock” a true mind melt of acid abandonment! Tab-era Monster Magnet, Sessions Era-The Heads—purely visceral and pummelling workouts of a krautrock and pschedelische.”

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Radio Moscow – Live! In California (2016)

“If you want to find out what is stirring in the heavy psych underground these days then you can’t go far wrong with this record. It’s a supreme live document of a band who are simply on fire at the moment and along with Earthless and Harsh Toke, are revitalising the heady days of the 60’s through their expressive jamming and explosive blues. It is also a stark reminder of how exciting a live album can be and for that alone needs to be heard. A great document of a great night from a great band. Simply great.”

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