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Friday, 30 September 2016
VARIOUS ARTISTS – REVERB CONSPIRACY : VOLUME 4 (Fuzz Club 2 x LP, CD).
New from London label Fuzz Club comes the latest instalment of their peerless Reverb Conspiracy compilations featuring some great bands from all over Europe that have been making waves over the last couple of years or who are tipped to make a big splash in the coming months. Collecting together twelve relatively recent tracks that cover the full neo-psychedelic spectrum, Fuzz Club have put together another gem of an album full of absolute killer tracks of the best mind melting, twisted, swirling Psychedelia currently on offer.
Those of you that are fans of the label should already be aware of Psych juggernauts TAU, 10000 Russos, The Orange Revival and Throw Down Bones who have all had exceptional records released on Fuzz Club. Taken from the band’s Wirikuta EP, the shadowy, motorik drive of TAU’s ‘Trickster’ kicks off Reverb Conspiracy Vol. 4 and along with 10000 Russos squalling, distorted, feedback drenched ‘UsVsUs’ it epitomises where generally neo-psychedelia is at in 2016………………..the 60s are finally over People and we are living in a post-Altamont world which is darker and more psychically challenging and this compilation more than demonstrates this with plenty of other cuts from the dark heart of Psych scene. The Orange Revival and Throw Down Bones bring a 80s Post Punk Psychedelia vibe to the party with heavy fuzz and propulsive bass lines………The Orange Revival’s track, ‘Carolyn’, with it’s fuzzed out, somnolent, stoned immaculate groove evokes the early Sisters Of Mercy EPs while the pulsing, Neu! inspired throb of ‘Our Home, The Holy Mountain’ by Throw Down Bones would not be out of place on the early, more experimental Simple Minds records or the last couple Horrors LPs. New Fuzz Club signing, Italian Shoegaze noiseniks My Invisible Friend are an exceptional band……we first came across MIF when their debut 3 track Bandcamp EP landed in our inbox at the start of 2015, with ethereal voices emerging from the mix in a tidal wave of gorgeous noise driven by the relentless beat of a Roland TR-505 drum machine and mainly influenced by Slowdive, The Telescopes and MBV, we thought something special was happening then. They have since evolved, added a real live drummer and grown into a beautiful, sonically complex creature pushing at the boundaries of the Shoegaze genre, where other bands are content just to copy the sounds of 25 years ago, MIF are taking the genre somewhere completely different….taken from their debut EP for Fuzz Club, ‘Endless’ is a near perfect 10 minutes of glacial soundscaping.
For their Reverb Conspiracy compilations, Fuzz Club seek out the finest new Psych sounds from past the UK boarders and tap into the exciting, vibrant Psych scenes in mainland Europe. From Sweden and catching the ear late last year with their debut LP for Rocket Recordings, Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation have been tipped for “Big Things” in the future. Reverb Conspiracy Vol 4 features ‘Dunes’, a choice cut of otherworldly Psych Pop from the Horse Dance album where Synth Pop meets raging guitars……you can hear why people got excited by this. Back in the autumn of 2015 a copy of Magnifier was delivered to our psychedelic basement…………and it blew our minds. Released on Sulatron Records, the album by Italian Psych/Space Rockers Giöbia (a band inspired/influenced by “the lysergic side of the ‘60s, by exotic mantras and the evocative power of Space Rock”) was heavier and darker than their past records, seeing the band move away from a 60s Garage Rock swirl towards a more Psych/ Space Rock sound, drawing you ever deeper into a lysergic vortex of exotic mantras and Sabbathian rituals. Included here is the mammoth 15 minute spaced-out jam ‘Sun Spectre’ which is one of the best tracks on the album which we described as “a total trip……………….an intergalactic ghost ship drifting through darkest regions of space, buffeted by solar winds as it is slowly pulled into the void”. The track is some of the most thrilling Space Rock we have heard in the last 12 months……..read our full album review here https://theepsychedelicatessen.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/giobia-magnifier-sulatron-records-lp-cd.html. Hailing from the dark, foreboding swamps of……er……..Saarbrücken, Germany and raised on moonshine and L.S.D., if Deliverance is ever remade by director David Lynch then there is no doubt the Spook Blues duo Pretty Lightning will be providing the soundtrack. Pretty Lightning are Christian Berghoff and Sebastian Haas, both members of the sprawling ritualistic ‘Neo-Hippie-Spook-Folk’ collective Datashock, who’s album A Magic Lane Of Light And Rain landed early last summer courtesy of Cardinal Fuzz/Sound Effects Records. ‘Graveyard Howls’ is an epic hallucinatory Psych/Blues guitar and drums wig-out, it’s an heady mix of primal Blues stomp and warped psychedelia as Pretty Lightning’s take on the Blues is to tear it apart and put it back together……upside down while twisting it into strange new shapes. As a complete contrast and a throwback to what some people may consider as more “traditional” psychedelia, French Garage/Surf Rock band The Madcaps are included here. Taken from their debut album on Howlin’ Banana Records, Moon Night is a groovy summer Psych Pop jangle fest, full of sweet harmonies, fuzzed up guitars, fizzing bass lines and tight ‘n’ groovy drumming guaranteed to get yer hip shaking freak on at the best beach party you could ever imagine and if that is your (beach)bag then you will certainly dig this track.
Closer to home,The Oscillation have been creating some of the best tripped out UK Psychedelic sounds for nearly 10 years now, with a host of critically acclaimed albums and singles under their belts and still making unbelievable mind warping music, they are veterans of the scene. Taken from Beyond the Mirror (Rare and Unreleased Tracks) released on All Time Low, ‘Kissing The Sun’ is an instrumental driven by a massive bass line not dissimilar to one that underpins The Mighty Lemon Drops ‘Happy Head’……..gasp as it dips and soars, twists and turns itself inside out in a 7 minute joy ride to the centre of the mind, ‘Kissing The Sun’ is one of the standout tracks on an album already chock full of brilliant tunes. At the other end of the scale, the ominous and mind-altering London based band Ulrika Spacek are brand new to the scene and are making waves with their recent debut The Album Paranoia with the dark brooding, Krautrock influenced ‘Beta Male’ included here.
Although Fuzz Club Records have a penchant for apocalyptic psych-outs and all things noise, Reverb Conspiracy Vol 4 is a balanced, extremely well curated compilation. Although there are plenty of tracks that will mess with your head and make your ears bleed it’s not all heavy Krautrock inspired freak outs. Proving that Psychedelia is in fact a very broad church, Soft Walls Post Punk D.I.Y. minimalist track ‘Never Come Back Again’ is an interesting addition to Reverb Conspiracy Vol 4. Coming from a place where “Pop meets Drone” and taken from Soft Walls No Time album this track is no doubt what the bastard offspring of an unholy communion between the Jesus and Mary Chain and Suicide would sound like. This really is an excellent album with not one duff track to be seen anywhere, if you only buy one Psych Rock compilation this year…….make sure that it’s this one.
Due for release on November 17th, Reverb Conspiracy Vol 4 will be available from your groovy local vinyl emporium and the usual on line traders. Available as 2 x LP on white vinyl or CD, you can pre-order a copy direct from Fuzz Club Records here……. www.fuzzclub.com.