9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 26 September 2013
Here's Li'l Biz's review of the original cassette release from June 2012!
Not heard Vision Fortune before but they’ve got the approval of the increasingly strange Italian Beach Babes label so I’m willing to give them my ears. Love the fact that IBB’s output is getting all fucked up with this five track EP from the mysterious South London entity only serving to strengthen my faith in the label and the current London scene in general - which I’m normally happy to give a wide berth.
The Vision Fortune EP is packed with dense Kraut influenced rhythms and bizarre takes on eastern drone forging a unique and distinctly lo-fi take on psych rock and pop. Opener ‘Heavy Saddle’ is an impressive atonal stab and drag that reminds me as much of Can as it does Ex-Models or Liars. This is followed by ‘Natural Faze’ that introduces vocals to the mix and plays up the cosmic psych elements. This beautiful lil’ jam seems to be cut short before outstaying its welcome to make way for a brooding Krautjam that sounds not unlike Trencher covering Amon Duul with cheap synths, dull chants and a rugged bass-line keeping that shit tight. Totally awesome!
Flip it and ‘In My Fathers House’ highlights the rudimentary, lo-fi nature of the group’s approach with a ultra simplistic yet well formed groove working as a template for a loose, semi-improvised wig out. ‘Black Ocean Glow’ sees us out with a short stint of reverse-o confusion before settling into another watertight groove embellished with loose guitar led vocal mutterings and echo-enhanced sax. Sounds exactly like Can - which is good innit. Can tapes be album of the week? Phil? note - Phil did not give this album of the week :(
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