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- Virtually From The Unknown by Expo '70
The reliable Justin “Expo ‘70” Wright is back this week with ‘Virtually From The Unknown’, his latest 12” slab with three lengthy tracks exploring his rise to universal fame and adoration through the medium of that slow psychedelic drone-rock choogling he’s so good at. On the back of the eye-popping sleeve we discover that he’s joined here by Aaron Osborne on bass and stuff and Mike Vera on drums and stuff, and it was recorded live at FOKL on May 12, 2012, which is where I presume the accompanying picture of a very shiny-looking Wright rocking out comes from.
On side A there’s ‘Figures In Black Turn Night Back Into Day’, which is heavy and straightforward psych rock jamming in the vein of The Cosmic Dead, White Hills, early Gnod or The Heads at their most frazzled, slowly building into a screeching, crunching momentum while the bass and drums carve out a hypnotic rumbling groove - good old-fashioned psych rock how it’s meant to be done, basically. I enjoyed the full stoner rock direction he took in that recent four-way split so it’s nice to see him making further inroads into that area.
Over on the other side ‘Closet Full of Candles’ has a pummelling repeato riff that’s part-Sabbath, part-Uncle Acid, with some mystical blown-out guitar shapes spidering around on top of it in a classy Desert Sessions-esque workout. Then in closer ‘Planet Ego, The Astral Return To Yourself’, Expo returns to familiar ambient territory with chirping, blooping analogue synth soundscapes accompanied by cymbal scrapes and low throbbing drones which go on for miles - it’s dark, spacey stuff, venturing into new territory whilst still remaining resolutely Expo ‘70. Fans of his will no doubt love it, and if you’re into dark, slow cosmic psychedelia and haven’t yet investigated his work, this is a great starting point.
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