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- Frying On This Rock by White Hills
If you want to sell a lot of vinyl at the moment it's not a bad idea to sound like you listen to Hawkwind and Spacemen 3 religiously. Seems to me that swirling psych rock is back with a vengeance. On the heavier end of the spectrum along with the likes of office faves Gnod we have White Hills, whose thunderous space rock stylings have been becoming increasingly popular of late. On this new album it's easier to see why than ever, since they've condensed their sound into five songs in the space of a single LP this time around! The riffs are instant and pounding, the freak-outs concise and dense and envelopingly melodic, with the gnarly fried out guitar tones reaching ever upwards to the sky. The opener in particular is rocking the early Hawkwind stylings to good effect, but the tones here are harsher and the vibes more nihilistic, and over the course of the album I'm hearing shades of Floor and Cave in the relentless motorik riff attack and determined monotone vocals. There's moments of gentle downbeat psychedelia too, with a weird swirly bit with echoed spoken vocals and electronic whooshes and drifting clean wah guitar. The deeper, darker jams come towards the end, with closer 'I Write A Thousand Letters (Pulp On Bone)' being a slow repeato riff with swirling psych-noise guitars and babbling, indecipherably processed vocals ranting away in the background. Totally crushing space riffage. I'm liking this new conciser approach they're taking, and even in the quieter parts the intensity never really lets up to make for a blistering LP. It'll fry your brains.
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