8/10 Mike Staff review, 24 October 2013
Purling Hiss’s recent ‘Water On Mars’ LP was a departure from the meandering blown out stoner fuzz of their early material into a more concise (and some cynical people may say more marketable) gnarly grunge-pop business. Those who lament the move away from those raw, twiddly early days of fuzz worship will be all over this new LP on Richie Records collecting basement jams recorded between 2007-11.
There’s no track list to speak of, the two sides are simply labeled “Gitar Damage” and “Paisley Dommage”, although each contains a handful of distinct passages. The sound is pretty much how you would expect...alien-sounding spacefuzz rituals with repetitive, primitive bass and drums and lots of over the top guitar twiddling and at times some weird lo-fi electronics. The main focus here though is homemade post-blues stoner choogle, overdriven amps and guitar solos which grasp raspily at the cosmos.
There’s a nice jam on the riff from ‘Foxy Lady’ on the second side which is especially fun. It’s followed by another of the particularly impressive parts; a surprise little guitar duet with a slightly surfy reverb sound and some Jimmy Bryant-esque licks. Really slinky. It’s a bit scrappy in places but if you like your stoner rock loose, lo-fi and decadent with an irreverent experimental edge, this’ll probably push your buttons. Sounds much better than I’d have expected a collection of basement tapes to sound.
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