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I was well into Oakland stoner quintet Lumerians’ previous album on Hands In The Dark, as was our boss man Phil, so my day of high quality releases to review continues apace as I dive headlong into the mystical chunterings and otherworldly grooves of their newie on Partisan, aptly titled ‘The High Frontier’.
These guys have a particular angle on the krauty cosmic stoner rock sound that I find particularly appealling. They rarely go for the jugular with harsh spluttering wah or pummelling distorto-riffing, instead keeping things hazy and insistent like a more muscular, spacey Can, blissfully dessicated in the California heat, or maybe the carefree sun-bleached cousin to Bristol’s demure hypno masters Beak>.
Compared to the previous LP this one seems to have more song-ish structures, although I use that term loosely, although ‘The Bloom’ has some pretty prominent drifty vocals that bring to mind Anton from BJM. The melodies are more obvious, though, and the arrangements more concise, with ‘Koman Tong’ throwing together alien synthetic weirdness with wibbly Bollywood-style melodies and Afrobeat rhythms for a disarmingly danceable high point before they go fully kosmische in the hypnotic ‘Smokies Tangle’, which develops into a spooky spy-movie groove in its second half. Good album!
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