Psychedelia has always been something of an opposing force in popular music. The Beatles turned to The Book Of The Dead. The Stones loved us. The Damned moved on from punk and recorded The Black Album. When things get predictable psychedelia returns to tip over the apple cart. Brin, Billy and the gang uncannily emerge from their burrow as everything in music is getting just a tad boring and predictable. The Future Sound Of Ashton may shock those who expect a dot-to-do recreation of the ’60s though. ‘The Combined Force Of An Atom’ is as feral, urgent and angered as Blur’s ‘Chinese Bombs’. And like Damon Albarn, lyricist Mole Brin Davies fully understands the correlation between the disconnected playfulness of Syd Barret and the art school nihilism of the early punk movement. Indeed, there is something very Soft Boys about The Moles’ musical landscape; fractured imagery, nightmarish word play, distinct vocals and an evident debt to 1967 without plagiarising the source material.
Across 15 songs the group forge a distinct sound, relying on simple production rather than the everything-but-the-kitchen sink effect laden approach of the Sgt Pepper school of recording. Billy Fuller (also a member of Beak, Fuzz Against Junk and Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation… yes, ROBERT PLANT) supplies many a memorable bass line whilst Davies’ characteristic English vocals may well leave the same lasting impression as Ray Davies, Andy Partridge, Robyn Hitchcock, Howard Devoto and Jarvis Cocker… even when having explosive US garage-punk/psych edges the forlorn, upbeat, funny and sad music of The Moles is as English as fish ’n’ chips at the end of Weston-Super Mare pier!
Serpentina Satelite - Mecanica Celeste
Are you ready for a total head fuck of an LP be warned listening to this album on headphones could bring on forms of psychosis.
South America seems to be the place as there are plenty of top notch sike bands on the go (Follakzoid, Watch Out!, Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane…) but it would be fair to say these are the heaviest ive heard of the bunch.
Bringing to mind a tripped out Monster Magnet TAB vibe with some heavy late period Loop thrown in to the mix as well. Sounds swell and move from speaker to speaker as some serious wah wah action is played throughout.
Strange effects come in and out of the mix as the music builds in intensity and ferocity as a Bo Diddley riff via the Stooges kicks in dogs start barking everything panning from side to side.
Then some female ritualistic chanting soothes over us before sides are changed and theres more wah wah action and side 2 kicks in even heavier as Serpentina Satelite head for the heavens.
The last track kicks in on a pretty intense doomish vibe before finally kicking into overdrive and when you cannot take anymore the soothing female chanting brings you back down.
Rocket Recordings do the business with a beautiful sleeve. Also check out these guys last lp Nothing To Say on Trip in Time.
Brain Crushing Sounds
Plus some other nice words from these great sites:
Gnod – Supernormal set
(Thanks to the guys from Bong for this...it was a mind blowing set, so nice to relive it, maybe the best ever version of ‘Tony’s first disco’ that has been captured too...)
Various – Light Sounds Dark Presents Sherm Sticks and Other Nasty Joints / Return of the Sherm
(Some great fuzzed out rock stompers on these two comps...love the sleazy sleeves too)
Ngozi Family – 45,000 Volts
(Chris Zebby’s backing band let rip...like Zebby’s great album, this contains some great fuzz and spaced out wah, but with even more grooved out bass lines!)
Various – Menagerie
(Interesting vinyl only comp that comes with an art book, worth checking out for the Moon Duo track)
Far East Family Band – Parellel World
(Great album of kosmiche psychedelia...like the best bits of Tangerine Dream)
Shit Magnet – In Session 62
(Ridiculously fuzzed out instrumental punk with bonkers squidgy electronica over the top, sadly unreleased (at the moment), but looking forward to hearing more from this mysterious group of freaks)
Mugstar - Lime
(More stellar sonic adventures from Liverpool's finest, including some recent live favourites & 'Serra' a great Kraut shift in gear)
Oneida / Pterodactyl - The Green Corridor Series 1
(Oneida drop down a level to reveal a more ambient soundtracked side. On the flip Pterodactyl cover 'I See You' off the best Byrds album & then shoegaze into some backwards guitar loops)
Fuzzy Lights - Twin Feathers
(Psyche Folk, Americana & Noise in the vein of Godspeed You Black Emperor & Dirty Three)
Fern Knight -
(Like the first Espers album, it also echoes the spirit of the 70's British Psyche Folk, check out the track 'From Zero to Infinity')
Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalo - Uganda
(Psychedelic whirlwind of Afro-tribal percussive fuzz blowouts)
Oneida doesn't need introduction... it's more than 10 years that they keep on putting out with undeniable constancy great albums of psychedelik dancing blasts. As big fans of their work we were understandably excited when meeting them we found them to be great people so was naturally consequential to ask them for a release. Not so much foregone was their positive reply and the commitment they put on it... they gave to us two complete blasting tracks, stepping forward from Rated O and empowering the psychedelik, noise and kraut side of their latest tracks. The blasting 9 minutes wild ride of pure psychedelic and kraut riffs of the first track “Equinox” sounds like Terry Riley playing with Neu! on a desert full of churming echoes, dirty guitars, synth solos and neverending drums. The synth drones melts with the guitars in a unstoppable crescendo that refuses to run out of tension for all the track! Then “Last hit” arrives and explodes in a kaleidoscope of dirt, noise and kollapses in a rattling and destroying ending that leaves you back from dreams thru harsh in reality, back from a one side long journey. This album is simply great and gives a unique glimpse to what Oneida call the "New O" and comes out in a silkscreened limited edition 12”one sided 45rpm, don't be the one who'll miss it!
PRESSING INFO: it comes on an edition of 200 copies on black vynil with two color silkscreened cover and a one color silkscreen print on the empty side of the LP. It's been followed by a preorder only edition of 30 tshirts of the album silkscreened in two colors.
2 Last hit
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