9 Apr 2018
Glide Magazine reviews MIEN
For diehards of psychedelic rock, those who have clung to the threads of the genre weaving their wave through the decades, the formation of MIEN is a perfect storm. Alex Maas of The Black Angels, Tom Furse of The Horrors, Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone and John-Mark Lapham of The Earlies joining forces in a psych-collaboration tapestry of influences and exploration. By all accounts the coming together of this supergroup, if you will, has been on a collision course for the better part of a decade. Various chance festival encounters and impromptu discussions gradually morphing into the shape of the idea of a solid collaboration. MIEN and the meandering agitation and drifting pulse of this, their self-titled debut, is the result.
The danger of celebrated unions such as these is the way in which a range of established artists who all shoulder previous success and bring it with them can result in the lack of a singular focus. There are certainly times when MIEN feels like an extended jam session, the myriad ideas that stem from the sonic lands each musician calls home – as excellent as they are – ultimately falling short of a cohesive narrative one can grasp hold of...
Read the full piece here: Glide