It's Sexy. It's Arousing. It's almost Pornographic.
It’s sexy. It’s arousing. It’s almost pornographic. It’s the second album from the intriguingly named Svvamp and it’s here to put a lazy smile on that damned face of yours.
You’ve watched Dazed and Confused right (Richard Linklater’s 1993 neo-retro-classic film)? Well, let’s just say that this album, entitled ‘II’, could PERFECTLY replace Dazed and Confused’s entire late 70’s soundtrack. Yeah, it’s that goddam good.
[n.b. if you have not watched Dazed and Confused before reading this you should be ashamed of yourself…go lick Matt Pike’s belly button, then go watch the film].
Rarely does a band with retro-oriented tastes manage to so perfectly replicate the intrinsic sonic magic of 60’s and 70’s fuzz rock. Modernised gear, digital recording methods, songwriting styles, and shifting sonic tastes have stripped away so much of that grime, grit and filth that actually brought all the mojo with it. Nobody told these boys. Crank ‘Hillside’, the 6th track in, and I swear you will smell the incense and patchouli oil reeking from your speakers.
This is the sound of hot summer days, soft suspension, purring engines, too tight flares, tassel jackets and long highways. Open the windows, spark one up and crank the fucking stereo…Svvamp have got what you need.
How’s it sound ?
Beautiful. Just blissful.
There is a reason that those rare recording studios still armed with tape machines and old-school mics are so much in demand these days. They imbue recordings with a real, honest, 3-dimensional sound now being sadly forgotten (or even unknown) to many a listener. The sharp edges of digital are smoothed to perfect curves. Colours bleed into each other like an impressionistic sonic painting. It oozes warmth…analogue warmth. Svvamp (and their engineers) have done an incredible job in capturing that audio magic..but more importantly they have gone one step further.
Svvamp have perfected songwriting that actually makes the most of that rich, soupy-but-refined sweetness. Riffs aren’t smothered in distortion, but bedded on pillows of full bodied fuzz. Vocals massage and kiss your ear. Bass enters your chest cavity and reverberates down your spine. And the drums thump rather than crack, grooving and inflecting. And it all moves as one organic whole.
It’s warm…bassy..powerful…delicate…refined. It’s fun, and it needs to be heard.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- The perfect summer smoke soundtrack
- Instant mental haze and de-stresser
- A chocolate box of delicious flavours and textures to explore
- Instantly memorable classic songwriting welded to authentic 70’s production stylings
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
In the car. On the floor. In a field. Up a tree. On a bike. On a bench. In bed. With someone. Before a smoke, with a smoke, after a smoke. This IS your summer soundtrack. It isn’t heavy, it isn’t light, it’s just right.
This will be the wind in your hair and the soundtrack to memory making.
Get your groove on.
For Fans Of
Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Flying Eyes, Wolf People, All Them Witches, Gin Lady
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