Sharing album space to reinvent the times!
Centralstödet, a wonderfully powerful Swedish psych band out of Gothenburg join forces on this brilliant split LP Ljudkamrater with The Myrrors, a desert trance psych band out of Tucson, AZ. Two different styles of sound, nevertheless extremely coherent in the synergy of it’s split marriage. Each song is a throwback, and could have easily been recorded out of the late ‘60s. However, each song is fused into a modern showcase of today and representing the knowledge of now.
How is the sound?
Lush orchestrations, Centralstödet opens the record up on Side A with three masterful tracks. The first song ‘IE’ adventurously exemplifies a Hendrexian motorized distortion feedback melody that rules! Ulrik Lindblom and Daniel Johansson are magicians that trip out their guitars, blow minds with their pedals, and crush the hell out of time. Joni Huttunen dishes out vintage baselines of fuzzy groove, while Jonas Fredlund displays a loose, yet sharp and spacey backbeat breath on the kit.
‘Yttre Hybriderna’ floats frequencies similar to their first track, but a bit more jazzier. Bending and weaving through tonal color distortion and feedback celebrating a spirit of the age when the fro, bellbottoms, and electric blues progressions intermingled on urban streets and music halls.
‘Vegas Bodega’ is steeped in jazz fusion, psychedelic blues, and guitar screams; while wonderfully woven together by comforting pure melody rhythm. This intoxicated format cranks out a funky harmonic ageless classic. Centralstödet has sold their sound, and now I’ll be desperately waiting for their next release!
Closing the album, The Myrrors begin Side B with ‘Khalivera‘ transitioning directly into a trance initiation named ‘Night Flower Codex’. An almost supernatural entrance of their Sonoran desert sound moves into a climactic visceral voyage, then segues us gently into reverie. Viola, flute, saxophone, tape loops; a guitar that swims us down river, dancing through freeing drum rolls and beats, accompanied by a jazz bassline. The musicianship of this band’s core reflects well throughout these two songs. When all is silent, and the music’s over, flip the album over and play it again from the beginning.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Ljudkamrater is a throwback. You’ll find yourself hearing elements of so many favorite fuzzy genres and musicians.
In what situation you should listen to this album?
- Happy hour with a cold farmhouse ale.
- Cooking a feast with friends.
- When you can’t decide if you want to put on a psychedelic, desert, krautrock, or jazz fusion record.
Something particular to note?
IE (Centralstödet) & Night Flower Codex (The Myrrors)
For Fans Of
Colour Haze, Yawning Man, Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Velvet Underground & Nico
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