An album of sparkling gems from Sydney band that sit somewhere in the lovely space between dream pop and shoegaze. Great combination of corrosive guitar and pretty harmonies. Multiple singers and songwriters create intriguing variety in the bands sound though the overall atmosphere of Tussle
is a positive one, of sun soaked good times in Sydney’s inner west. Highlights are the tight groove of Pinky
, the pure organ fuelled joy of Jasmine
and Staring Is Caring
, the realisation of a fantasy I had about Ride and Low joining forces. Whether it be canyons of guitar noise or buoyant pop bliss, Day Ravies nail it with every moment of Tussle. No good bands in Sydney someone said? Someone’s a fool.
All Mind In The Cat House - Repo Man
Tough as boots, All Mind In The Cat House
positively bristles with uncompromising energy and intelligent, scathing lyrics. Released on UK label Lava Thief
, the album has the desolate atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic world, recalling the visuals of Tarkovsky’s Stalker
. Holds a mirror up to modern life however, especially in the domestic discomfort of Oh Cecil
and bustling social narrative of Endangered Agenda
. Throwing Kinskis
perhaps the finest moment, a song of potent power that best showcases the influence of The Fall and Wire. Sax wigout towards song’s end is an utter headfuck. Kicks hard this album. Feels like a thrashing, a real good thrashing.
Shades 10” - Barbiturates
Detached psychedelic album from Brisbane band, released on “unpopular music” label Lost Race
. Captures the feeling of the lingering effects of hallucinogenics, of clarity returning though light is coloured differently, glass continuing its slight melt, particles continue their quiver. Element of sly humour underlies songs, especially the self hate of Look What The Internet Did To Us
. Nice contrast between woozy guitar jams (Gone Done It
, Rinona Wyder
) and inventive electronic meddling (One Too Young
). They Were Here
suggests drug fuelled paranoia while album closer Double Happiness
recalls the psych-electro mischief of Gremlins
. Drop it, go deep, come down soft. Shades
is a great trip.
Stoner Nights - Special Costello
Fits comfortably into no genre but the multifarious sounds on offer here are best described as “psychedelic”. A collection of “out takes and oddities from various sessions”, opening pairing of the breezy Tronic Slizz
and emotional Ceiling Sway
give way to dark krautrocky Rippus Noice Choice
and distorted post punk of Ivory Wallet
. The Canadian band are truly chameleonesque; each song- nay, moment- an unpredictable twist into wildly different sounds and styles. Han Solo
a beautiful composition with its minimal drone stylings and flourishes of strings, then, finally, "Home Owner"
, a meditative drift into deep psychedelic depths. Someone said that a sign of a good band is how good their outtakes are. Special Costello are an amazing band.
No Pizza No Peace - Lil Daggers
Unrelenting midnight menace from Florida psychedelic rock heavyweights. Recalls finest of late 60s psychedelic pioneers and more recent southern US psych revival though Lil’ Daggers set themselves apart with the restraint of their sound, never resorting to histrionics in creating the sinister atmosphere of these songs. After The Flood
is instantly appealing with its smouldering rhythm and enticing, reverb laden vocals. Noise and feedback used nicely throughout to add texture to beautifully recorded songs. Terrifc grooves, best experienced in the self descriptive Jazz Tom
with its skittering beats and melting organ parts. Stray Chank
a grand conclusion, building to almost anthemic heights. A scything display of psychedelic mastery, available on tape through Beyond is Beyond Records
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