Somewhere back in September, Sky Lantern Records posted a piece on the Japanese ‘Spacy Drone Neo Psychedelic duo’ Tolchock, and on first listen I was immediately hooked.
The 3 track digital album, ‘After Fog Open’ by Taku Idemoto and Shoko Yoshida became a constant companion.
‘After Fog Open’ kicks off with the 19 minute sprawling epic that is ‘Behind The Ground’, a slow burning fuse of an exercise in sonic experimental drone layering. An aural kaleidoscopic feast, restlessly folding and unfolding, merging, colliding, rippling and tumbling. This is a masterclass in building and sustaining chilled-out tension, it is a testament to the excellence of the track that after 19 minutes you are still left longing for more.
One of the very few things I was hugely disappointed with at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, was the three stage set-up which pretty much guaranteed that you would miss a dozen or so bands over the two days.
Sadly for me, Jibóia became one of those casualties as I had already decided I wanted to see POW! – who were playing the Furnace stage, while Jibóia played the Blade stage.
A couple of evenings ago, Sunrise Ocean Bender – those bulwarks of the worldwide sonic gospel, posted the 5 minutes and 42 seconds of aural bliss that is ‘Dvapara Yuga’. Captivated, I followed posting suit and was rewarded with an email from the band’s label Lovers & Lollypops, along with a download for the 4 track LP.
It all started on July 30th 2014.
I just happened to be on facebook and noticed that Marco Baldassari from Sonic Jesus had ‘liked’ The Gluts.
Knowing that Marco has impeccable taste in music, it piqued my curiosity – so I followed the clicks to Bandcamp, found The Gluts’ debut LP ‘Warsaw’, and the opening crescendo of chords on the first track ‘Rag Doll’ did the rest.
Every now and again, a band comes along with all the right ingredients, coupled with that elusive formula for producing immediate goosebumps – The Gluts are one of those bands.
The Gluts describe themselves as, ‘Excess, surplus, too much, saturation, overkill, overload… they are all synonymous of GLUT. Too much of good things, in slang. This is THE GLUTS, a powerful overloaded psychedelic rock. Play to believe. But play it LOUD.’ I could not agree more.
‘The Tower Of Foronicity’ is Henrik Björnsson’s latest Long Player and follow up to the 2011 release ‘Never Forever’.
Henrik has in the past described Singapore Sling’s sound as “dance to my dropping tears”, it comes as no surprise then that on ‘The Tower Of Foronicity’, once more the chiaroscuro has been liberally applied.
Singapore Sling was formed in Reykjavik in 2000, to fill the void in music that Henrik was not hearing at that time.