9/10 Mike Staff review, 19 September 2013
Oh yes, the music gods are smiling on me this morning. Not everyone in this office is a fan of the ol’ psych-rock/jazz crossover business but I love this stuff. I’ve not encountered California’s Psicomagia before but right from the start these guys are hitting all my pleasure buttons. The basic line-up seems to revolve around Tyler Daughn’s screaming organs and synths, the bubbling rhythm section of Paul Marrone and Trevor Mast, and lashings of sax honking courtesy of Brian Ellis, although on occasion a couple of their buddies turn up and do some poetry over the top which doesn’t ruin anything.
It’s a breakneck barrage of whirling rhythms and hypnotic melodic shapes delivered with a rampaging tightness which reminds me a lot of Norwegian organ/bass/drums trio Elephant9 - super tight prog riffing mixed with out there improvisation all glued together by rambling, boomy basslines. Those times in early Mars Volta when Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens got a chance to show off is also a valid comparison here. If you’re after some screamingly psychedelic adrenaline-fuelled jazz-prog, look no further. The black and green swirl vinyl looks pretty sexy too.
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