Wow, there's actually a label out there called Heavy Psych Sounds! Admirably direct. Well then you can guess what you’ll find on this four-way, double-vinyl split can’t you? White Hills, Naam, Black Rainbows and The Flying Eyes all get a full side to stoner-rock out on, making this a release that is bound to satisfy.
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Four psych rock bands get together to douse you in the immortal flames of a genre that seems to be quite undead. It’s best we treat this like a first person shooter and blast through our reverb-heavy enemies in the order they deserve. Naam first, then: they reroute “Skyscraper” into something seething and frustratingly suspenseful, rotating their one callous riff around swirling ambience and occasionally pelted drums. It’s relentless, and part of its charm is that you want it to end but know it never will: a nice little bit of psychedelic punishment. They follow it with “Thickening Web”, another attempt at permanence that starts with buzzy effects and then brings in distant drum fills for a slow marching, but far more melodic, track. On the back there’s White Hills who offer a second take of “They’ve Got Blood Like You’ve Got Blood’, a longform track that starts with chaotic chanted samples and then goes long and hard through a trench of snare and ambient. It’s a surprisingly subtle take on the track and sounds more like the VHS sound effect than psych.
The final two sides of this psych box social are where targets start to get hit. With the power of guitar sleaze and heavily-treated vocals, Black Rainbows create the hard rock we so thoroughly deserve, blasting through a doomslaying riff and an unapologetically silly vocal melody. “Viper Tongue” crashes down in tempo in its choruses before speeding up again like a terrified cartoon character. The Flying Eyes make a more respectful sound in their fourth and final corner, lending a kind of ascending post-rock tone to their music before the booming vocals of Will Kelly come in clear as day. They sound like they’re making anthems -- like they’re the psychedelic Foo Fighters. That’s awesome, frankly. This LP is a funny little showcase, offering two slow and steady acts that definitely win the race, and two that wear sunglasses while rockin’ out.
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