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Psychic Lemon


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.43 | 18 ratings

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4 stars This is the band's sophomore album, meanwhile they are condensed to a trio, speaking about drummer Martin Law, Andy Hibberd on bass, as well as Andy Briston taking care of diverse guitars, keyboards and the vocals. Don't know how this will have an effect when they are playing live, as for the studio output it doesn't matter for good reason. The band rehearse and record down the road not far away from Syd Barrett's old place in Cambridge by the way. As for the spirtual dimension this holds good preconditions, or what? While moving even further from typical song structures on this occasion, the five tracks have evolved quite naturally from extended jams.

Here and now I have to regret that their debut has slipped off my radar more or less. Only could remember that I liked the song Death Cult Blues. Compared to this already highly appraised album there's more power and drive given on 'Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay'. The distortion and drone element definitely has increased. Moreover, benefits from the repetition, the distinct affinity to krautrock, whilst stepping away from a genuine space rock approach a little. As for that, stylistically seen, some relations to Fred Laird's Earthling Society are coming up here overall. Anyway, good to know that they've avoided stillstand.

When starting to listen, tribal drums and fuzzy string instruments are evident. This gives a reliable clue what will follow over the course of little more than fourty minutes playing time. The album title perfectly fits as a matter of fact. Frequency is high by all means, the rhythm will force you to get up on your feet, (slightly) distorted and delayed guitars are a real trademark overall. And so here we have a thoroughly tied up package which is pleasantly contrasting from many other genre related albums. This grooves a lot, where Hey Droog! improves the main strategy with more strength, followed by the looping You're No Good provided with some saxophone tribute towards the end.

Predominantly being instrumental this is another excellent offer presented by the German Tonzonen Records label. It's a real benefit when an album conserves the niveau, holds the level of suspense over the course. Again, when considering Interstellar Fuzz Star, the title says it all. The fuzz party is on a thrilling process! Satori Disko finally appears to be my favourite share so far. There is a fantastic halting groove to notice, paired with some Middle East/Asian touch, just a really entertaining finish, you can't strike off. And so, due to such a quality album, I'm experiencing a rather promising entry into the year 2018, at least music-wise.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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