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Master Sleeps by Hills
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9/10 Mike 12 September 2013

Hills are of course the mysterious Swedish hypno-psych band who already put out an LP of live jams on Leeds’ celebrated Cardinal Fuzz label. Apparently this trio are buddies with Goat, with rumours abound that the two bands may or may not share members, and on listening to this LP it’s not hard to tell why. Where Goat’s songs are tautly structured chunks of voodoo psych, however, Hills are more of your drawn-out weed jamming types, happy to drive songs to the 10-minute mark if they’ve still got the momentum.

I’m gathering from the press release that this album was released in limited quantities by a small Swedish label in 2011 but this is its first widely accessible release and sets the scene well for their upcoming third album next year. Basically what’s happening here is a mixture of the slow-burning krauty repetition of bands like Can or more recently BEAK> or even Clinic or Follakzoid, and a more earthy and drugged up swirly endurance-psychedelia as exhibited by Hawkwind, or more recently Carlton Melton, with a kind of bubbling we-could-do-this-as-long-as-we-want-to playfulness which brings to mind that recent Montibus Communitas record. Get through all the column inches of hyperbolic nonsense and you’re left with some good old fashioned psych-rock rituals like your dad used to make, basically. Good shit.


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