Album Review

Psychic Ills/Moon Duo [coll] – [Sacred Bones Records]

Naysayer   3/20/2013   7-inch, A Library

A split 7 inch with Psychic Ills and Moon Duo. Though both bands are supposedly good friends, this is presented as their first release together.

Psychic Ills: “Take Me With You” Gone are the long electronic synth trance repetitions. This is slow stoner psych blues rock. How’s that for a list of adjectives? It’s like a slow train chug chug chugging with a classic rock beat, echoey guitar, a simple organ line melody in the background all filled in by Tres Warren’s lazy, subtle vocals. Singing about taking him with you when you leave. Definitely a transition piece between the psych rock of the “Hazed Dreams” LP and the more straight ahead rock heard on the most current LP “One Track Mind”. Listening to this I see the color amber.

Moon Duo: “Zoned” Alan Vega’s love children. Continuing in the fuzzy, psych, caught in a loop sound, with maracas, this is harder sounding and a bit faster than the flip side. Drone rock, psych rock, space rock, call it what you want. It gets under your skin. Incessant drum beat, synth/organ, buzzy guitar, sort of indecipherable lyrics. Just be sure not to bump into the turntable when you get caught twirling in the studio.

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