This year was full of great releases. I’m into a lot of other genres, but my heart and soul belongs to this scene for sure. So yeah, why shouldn’t I tell you some of my favorite albums from 2016 – The More Fuzz-related ones, naturally. It was really difficult for me to write this, especially the progress of choosing the records was quite tough. Although I think I got a good general overview I’m sure I missed some killer albums this year. That’s the only thing I don’t like about music: of course you can keep it up, but it seems to be impossible to know every (underground-) band, releases, news and other stuff. There is always something to explore. Apart from this, there is a whole universe of music from the past – thinking about this topic could really drive me insane haha. Anyway! Let’s go.
10: Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
You could write a book about Iggy Pop. You could also write a book about Josh Homme. Now put them together and let them work. At first it was suspicious to me. Could this be good? Yup. This is my conclusion. My favorite tracks on this album are “Break Into Your Heart”, “Sunday” and “Chocolate Drops”. Iggy still rocks.
9: Pottwal – Double Space
Follow the crazy blackout train into unconsciousness while you are trapped in this sick fairytale!
8: Astroboy – Astroboy [EP]
I’m calculated to write about the boys from space again, I already mentioned them in the FreakinOut report . Their music is fresh, innovative and really good. It is a quite young group and they play what the fuck they want to play – detached from any unwritten norms. That’s how it seems to me. What I want to say is that they are unique. I’ve never heard something like this before. And the fuzzpop works great for me
7: No Man’s Valley – Time Travel
Mr. Sputnik reviewed Time Travel that came out in August. I cannot tell you, how often I listened to it. There are many different elements and diversions what I appreciate very much. Their sound and songs are so good. For example “The Wolves Are Coming”: it’s such a great earworm.
6: Fatso Jetson – Idle Hands
The fathers of desertrock are back in town! They haven’t released an album for six years.. But that’s absolutely ok 😉 Idle Hands is a real journey. In my opinion it’s the best thing to completely focus on the music while listening and to give your whole attention to it. Yes, there are quite hectic, I dare to say uncomfortable moments on it. It is still great.
5: DeWolff – Roux-Ga-Roux
Hell yeah, DeWolff! Well-deserved well-known. With their fuzzy Retro-Rock they bring back the great vibes of the early 70ies. This album is sooooo grooooovy (I am forced to write so many os to underline HOW groovy it is). Literally every second on it is groovy. The power-trio, consisting of the two brothers Pablo and Luka van de Poel and Robin Piso, recorded Roux-ga-Roux in their own Electrosaurus Southern Sound Studio – old-school and analog without any computers. They simply don’t need it. Frankly it would have been weird if something different had been the case. Many great backing vocalists and musicians supported them. They truly kick some ass – on their records and live.
4: Salem’s Pot – Pronounce This!
This group with masks (and knives hehe) blow up dust in the scene.. They produce finest fuzzy rock – just for kicks! Heavy, mystical and with true songwriting. Mr. Haze dealt with them more detailed in his review.
3: Fai Baba – Sad and Horny
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What the heck did they just release? On a November, the 24th, the duo Fai Baba shocked me. Why? Because they released this music, damn! So I really did not expect something like this. Light-footed tunes that immediately cause inner cinema of summer, sun, the sea and having a great time in my head. But appearances are deceptive. Whereas the psych pop tunes from the duo around Fabian Sigmund and Domi Chansorn are so relaxing the message behind them is more serious, rather self-ironic. If you dig bands like Tame Impala and Allah Las, this is for you!
2: Hexvessel – When We Are Death
Hexvessel. This band and this album is pure magic. Words to describe it would fail. I’m sorry. Therefore I shut up. Much love. May it leave you speechless like me.
1: Comet Control – Center Of The Maze
Do you know the band Quest for Fire? They released two albums in 2009/10, but sadly split up in 2013. I am still really fond of them. Therefore I was all the more lucky when I found out that two former members of Quest for Fire went on – et voilà: Comet Control, under contract to Tee Pee Records, was born. They already published their debut. You should really check it out, especially the song “Future Forever”.
In June they released this masterpiece: Center of the Maze. The trippy psychedelic-spacerock crème de la crème. The first song I heard from this album “Sick In Space“. And I could listen to it over and over again, it totally blew me away – without getting bored. In contrast to this it took a few tries and listens to get into the rest of the album, to be honest. I really can’t tell you why. When I listen to it now, half a year later, it is slightly different. I’m delighted with it.
A thing that’s quite special for them is to have something like a mini-intro for each song. So you don’t press play and the song starts within the first second, no. It needs a bit to build itself up. It’s a quite interesting thing, isn’t it? It seems like they are jamming. This gives the songs more atmosphere and deepness. And more atmosphere for a spaced-out album is even better. Those first few seconds are so nice, smooth and laid-back. There are both dreamy songs (tracks 1, 4 and 7) and dreamy songs with up-tempo (tracks 2, 5, 6) on it. Track number 3 is something between. By the way, I’m truly in love with the cover-artwork and the band pictures. Thumbs up!
Are you ready to float away and dig out your head while the first song plays? To push it forward, make darkness move? To join the criminal mystic? To leave the golden rule behind? And, finally: to be sick in space? Yes? That’s great, because now you are ready to enjoy your trip to the Center of the Maze. I hope you like it as much as I do and who knows.. Maybe you “want to stay” there.