Pyschedelic fuzzmongers Wand release their debut album 'Ganglion Reef' on GOD? records ahead of a US tour with Ty Segall. Sun drenched '60s garage pop with a heavy fuzz haze, this LA 4-piece provide a shimmering laid-back soundtrack to a chilled out summer driving along Route 66 in a soft top Chevrolet. Or even just a trip to B&Q.
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LA psych-poppers Wand drop their debut LP this week on Ty Segall’s God? imprint ahead of a US tour with the floppy-haired psych king himself and it’s quite a treat.
This lot have a great summery psych-pop sound that’s drenched with fuzz and often a dense cloud of reverb that leaves it somewhere between the hard-psych riff rock of Fuzz or Zig Zags and more dreamy psychedelia like Tame Impala, dunking their thick fuzzy guitar slashing and fruity organ drones with a feverish echoed haze which hangs greasily in the air. Actually some of the more Tame Impala-ish moments are highlights, such as when they take things down a notch on ‘Flying Golem’ for a bouncy bit of Nilsson-on-acid sweetness that enlists some wonderfully tinny, buzzy tones in its freak-out crescendo towards the end.
Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees’ influence rarely seems far away either, in that this lot seem to share a love for both both the sweet melodies of ‘60s psych-pop giants like Beatles/Kinks/Animals et al, and a more-the-better attitude to harsh, buzzy guitar distortion, but this lot are on a much driftier, often somewhat shoegazey trip. Basically they’ve taken a lot of things I like, and mixed them up in a very appealing way. There’s an acoustic track that drags a bit, ‘Growing Up Boys’, but apart from that it’s a solidly excellent album with a well realised psychedelic fuzzgaze aesthetic. Excellent.
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