Album Review

Portable Shrines – Magic Sound Theatre Vol. I [coll] – [Light in the Attic]

surferrosa   10/21/2011   12-inch, A Library

This is a collection (released April 2011) put together by the Portable Shrines Collective, a small group of musicians and artists in Seattle dedicated to “the advancement of psychedelic causes”. This collection, (to quote) is “a treasure trove of rare and exclusive tracks from 18 of the headiest bands currently working in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.” a satement which proves to be quite true. This here is much more than a psych compilation. The music here varies widely in style and apprach while spanning a vast range of psychedelia and musical experimentation. It is effects-heavy, covered in fuzz, reverb, feedback and sounds from beyond. It is delightfully trippy, satisfyingly heavy, and often times quite beautiful, containing everything from fuzz-driven instrumental jams to soundscapes of noise, tones and drones. Check out A4, B1, B4, C2 and D2 for some heavy stoniness with a touch of doom. B3, C1, C3 and D3 lean more towards the ambient/experimental side. Also, check out C4 for a trip down memory lane (has Jim Morrison risen from the grave?). My favorites are noted, but I firmly believe that every track here deserves special attention. This collection delivers. Play it to death! – Surfer Rosa


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