Proudly psychedelic, this one: ex-Heads member Paul Allen has essentially made 'Outside The Circle' as a heavy, hair-waving response to the way people see psych rock now. He's joined by other experimental champions Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb, previously of the Big Naturals, and with them at his side 'Outside the Circle' goes heavy in all directions: droning guitars, doom and anything as punishing, to its instrument or its listener.
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- Outside the Circle by Anthroprophh
7/10 Mike Staff review, 19 September 2014
Anthroprophh is of course the other project of The Heads' guitar maestro Paul Allen, who since his debut has enlisted the help of the bass and drums duo Big Naturals as his rhythm section (although they could be glimpsed on a blink-and-you-miss-it 12" for Cardinal Fuzz). While that first album was a languorously paced slice of smoky space-kraut choogle, 'Outside The Circle' heads in a different direction entirely - the psychedelic distortion and repetition are still here, but spread over 13 more tightly arranged stoner-garage tracks which range from neanderthal vocal-led riff rock to more experimental passages of experimental noisemaking (instruments used include "flute, tape, sweeping brush, radio, harmonium...").
While this looser and noiser direction is delightfully gnarled on tracks like 'Crow With Sore Throat' (no doubt named in honour of the grotesque guitar tone Allen gleefully employs throughout the track) it's undeniably elating, but this time round the Anthroprophh project seems very much to have turned away from the cosmos to pay their attention to earthy matters for a while. It's kind of like listening to three grown men making a sculpture by smashing up a huge mound of clay with sledgehammers. Some would call it progression, some regression, others still would argue that in an artistic context both concepts only exist in your mind and then pass you another spliff.
9/10 Sammy Customer review, 13th September 2014
If you thought the first album from ex-Heads guitarist Paul Allen was akin to 10000 acid shaped bricks falling on your head then brace yourself as this is a belting piece of heavy psych. Expect screaming Hawkwind guitar riffs, layers of simmering 70s fuzz and disturbed wind-tunnel vocals. Rocket Recordings roster over the past few years has been nothing short of phenomenal- Gnod, Teeth of the Sea, Hills, Lay Llamas, Goat- and Anthropropph is another fine project to add to that list. As usual the packaging is enough to justify the purchase alone with a fantastic sleeve design and grey vinyl and if you're still in any doubt about committing there is a song called 'Detached And In Its Own Mind Riding A Ghost Train Through A Fairground It Had Built Itself'. That should help persuade you to hit that BUY button.
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