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Bristol quintet Hi Fiction Science are back this week. I remember their last album was kind of krauty psych type stuff but quite clean and clinical. On 'Curious Yellow' they delve even further into their trip-hop and Canterbury folk influences for a gently drifting psychedelic journey full of silky female vocals, primitive krautrock rhythms and simple repetitive riffs and drones.   It's qui ...

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Curious Yellow by Hi Fiction Science
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7/10 Mike Staff review, 15 May 2014
Bristol quintet Hi Fiction Science are back this week. I remember their last album was kind of krauty psych type stuff but quite clean and clinical. On 'Curious Yellow' they delve even further into their trip-hop and Canterbury folk influences for a gently drifting psychedelic journey full of silky female vocals, primitive krautrock rhythms and simple repetitive riffs and drones.   It's quite a warm and laid back aesthetic, I can see this one sounding good drifting out of your window while you bbq some halloumi on a pleasant summer evening. The title track in particular is a highlight, mystically layered vocals, handclaps and sultry, smoky, sun-bleached guitar lines played at Dylan Carlson pace, eventually building up to a chugging, churning groove. Unlike a lot of the krauty psychedelia around, this isn't about heaviness or distortion or confusingly dense swirls of sound so much as it's about clean, bright, repetititive uplift, exuding calm rather than building up tension. It can seem a little insubstantial in places; when it works it's very satisfying and when it doesn't it just kind of melts into the background rather than being actively irritating. The vocals seem a bit too high in the mix sometimes but that's a minor gripe, overall this is pretty good.

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