What a name. What an album title. What an album sleeve! As famously stated in Brass Eye "Cats were worshipped in Ancient Egypt because the Egyptians thought they were funny". The debut album from the Swedish collective incorporates all your favourite types of psych: rock, pop, space and kraut, distilling them into rhythmic sci-fi anthems.
Vinyl LP £14.95 AUK110LP
180g vinyl LP on 'a' Records.
CD £6.99 AUK110CD
CD on 'a' Records.
Vinyl LP £14.49 AUK110LP
180g green coloured vinyl LP on 'a' Recordings.
- Coloured vinyl
Anton Newcombe's A Records seem to have been particularly busy of late, which is fine by me because I love all this hazy good-times psych stuff. This album by Stockholm's Les Big Byrd is no exception. This lot have a smooth and woozy take on this psychedelic krautrock style that's all the rage nowadays, and this debut album plants nine serious head-nodders in your noggin. Think somewhere between the warm, melodic and upbeat krautrock of the Warm Digits and the fuzzy, concise psych-rock of the Cult of Dom Keller and you're somewhere close I suppose.
In terms of distortion they're pretty restrained compared to many of their contemporaries, instead choosing to sit back and ride the repeato grooves with bold synth melodies and round, propulsive basslines, a kind of middle route which reminds me of Teeth of the Sea in places. Closing track 'Back To Bagarmossen' changes things up a bit, a shuffly vocal-led number with much less restraint on the guitar distortion, much closer to Newcombe's BJM than the previous tracks on this album.
Pretty solid stuff overall. I like the front cover illustration of Jesus shooting a UFO with his laser eyes too.
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