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- The Current by Midday Veil
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 03 October 2013
Space-psych-kraut chooglers Midday Veil have brought out both composed and improvised releases already but this is my first contact with their heady and hypnotic aesthetic. I have to say I’m pretty impressed with my first impressions. Think the indie-psych rituals of Lorelle Meets The Obsolete mixed with a kind of Om-esque mysticism and a relentless Carlton Melton-ish mystical jammy plod and on occasion the toe-tapping krautrock grooves of bands like Neu or Klaus Johann Grobe.
In fact the album starts out very krautrocky indeed with ‘The Current’, easing us into the deep space drones and blurry weirdness which is to follow with a metronomic hypno-groove which doesn’t outstay its welcome. I’m getting some moody early 4AD vibes here in amongst all the kraut, psych and drone. By penultimate track ‘Sun Stone’, though, we’re lost in layers of swelling analogue drift with touches of digital detritus and otherworldly bubbling.
The best is still yet to come, though, with closer ‘Great Cold of the Night’ taking things to the next level with some frosty Carpenter/Drokk-ish synth swooshes and pulses over some red hot Morricone guitars, a corking Jaki Liebezeit-esque drum groove while singer Emily Pothast warbles dramatically over the top like a Zola Jesus. I’m loving all the trails of hi-gain guitar sustain and laser-gun synths and that drumbeat is just to die for, so clever and yet so simple. This final track is really long, too, although in the second half they move to a more straightforward drumbeat and some wah guitar which isn’t frying my noggin as hard as the first half did. Still, pretty excellent overall. If a strident space-kraut take on Lorelle Meets the Obsolete sounds like it’d be your cup of tea, you’ll almost certainly like it.
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