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Leeds psych label Cardinal Fuzz seem to be making quite a name for themselves over the past few months with mega-limited releases from the likes of The Heads and Hookworms (and a live Goat album on the cards!), and it’s becoming increasingly clear that label honcho Dave Cambridge really knows his fuzz. This double LP here is from some less well known but similarly out there space rock explorers, Glasgow trio The Cosmic Dead, who stretch their legs here with a 80-minute album of searing krauty psych rock, full of hypnotic repeato grooves, guitar crunch and splintered feedback.
On the first side we have ‘The Black Rabbit’, which opens with some cosmic synth drift before a hard, repetitive riff bounds in from the bass and drums as the guitar conjures up a swirl of spluttering fuzz, fret splatter and white-hot feedback trails. Flip it and we’ve got the album’s two shortest tracks, ‘Spice Melange Spectrum’ and ‘Infinite Death of The Godhead’. The former has some doomy riffs alongside some Hawkwind swirl’n’whoosh courtesy of some synth and heavily phased guitar. It’s reminding me a little bit of elusive French psych monsters Aqua Nebula Oscillator mixed with ‘H-p1’-era White Hills - heavy and loud but also spaced out and strangely relaxing. The latter is a slow-burner, building to a roaring crescendo like a lost number from Gnod’s ‘Chaudelande’ sessions before slowly ebbing away over the latter half. There’s elements of hypno-stoners like Bong or Sleep here too but these guys have a thinner, muddier, more lo-fi sound than the monolithic weed theatrics of those bands.
The second LP is dedicated to a single 40-minute track, ‘Father Sky, Mother Earth’, which opens with loose drum grooves, more phased whooshes and some springy bass fun which builds and recedes in intensity intuitively by way of the usual fuzz, feedback and repetition. It’s very much in the vein of The Heads’ more jam-based material. They’re not exactly breaking new ground here but fans of spaced out psychedelic rock like the aforementioned Heads, Hawkwind, Gnod, White Hills and Aqua Nebula Oscillator will find this one irresistible.
10/10 Vincent Duke Customer review, 20th November 2013
What to say on the Cosmic Dead... Well, it's one of the f---ing amazing psychedelic bands that you can see on a stage today and that this album is more than to listen to music. Let's say that you are listening to alkaloids... The vinyl sounds great and, of course, you could stay in from of the artwork for a long time while you are listening to it.
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