Friday, 15 April 2016

PSYCHIC LEMON – PSYCHIC LEMON (CD, D/L).

Being the jaded Psych Heads that we are, it is very rare nowadays that a record stops us dead in our tracks and we have to drop everything and listen………..the debut album from Cambridge Psychedelic Rock band Psychic Lemon is one such record and it has only gone and completely blown our minds. Recorded in their own studio in the back of a small garden, 5 minutes down the road from Syd Barrett's old place,  Psychic Lemon make music “you can dance to sometimes, and get lost in always”. Taking inspiration from 70s Prog and Krautrock, mixed with more modern influences such as Goat and The Heads, Psychic Lemon have crafted a claustrophobic psychedelic squall of an album that really has got everybody who has heard it talking………..People, get on the buzz.

Psychic Lemon’s headswirler of a debut record is a relentless sonic assault from start to finish only letting up for a moment for the Floydian shimmer of ‘Analogue Summer’……….it’s a barrage of thunderous drums and pulsing bass lines underpinning scorching, tripped out guitars. Opening with the driving ‘TiCkToK’, Psychic Lemon have recorded one of the most assured debut albums we have heard for quite a while, songs taking their shape from classic Prog and the more jazz/improvisational based European “progressive” sounds from 68-73 have been stripped of any excess and have been infused with a new urgency. On ‘Death Cult Blues’ howling guitars face off with what can only be described as “Jazz flute”……..there is no escaping the early Prog influences but they are from the more kosmik German school of improvised sonic adventures than the “flash rock” of the likes Jethro Tull. The more recent Psych Rock influences can be heard on tracks such as ‘Dilator’ and the epic ‘Horizon’ which are swirling slabs of 21st Century Psychedelic Blues. We have recently been bemoaning the lack of genuinely exciting new British Psychedelic Rock bands breaking out, but Psychic Lemon really look like they may be the real deal based on this fantastic debut album……..there is a lot to love here, go be an early adopter and check out this wonderful record, we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

Psychic Lemon’s self-titled debut album is out now and is available on CD or as a digital download from the bands Bandcamp page at http://psychiclemon.bandcamp.com/album/psychic-lemon


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