Psych disciples extraordinaire, with a prog-rock name to make Gentle Giant red with envy, it's My Brother The Wind! 'Live at Roadburn 2013' captures a performance that comes off the heels of their last record, 'I Wash My Soul in the Stream of Infinity', a slab of impromptu rock that took under five hours to record. Taking democratic prog bands as their inspiration, My Brother The Wind try to make live shows that use each instrument as its own vessel, treating each sound as having equal weight in order to make the most layered sound possible. Did I mention they like prog? All songs over nine minutes or your money back.
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Swedish space-rock quartet specialise in, as whoever wrote the item description so aptly put it, "democratic prog", with each member playing an equal role in their thunderous wig-outs which ebb and flow from monster-stomping Electric Wizard riffing and hypnotic distorto-kraut to a more pastoral and low-key sound which is still full of busy musical interactions. They're a formidable live act, as this virtuosic Roadburn set demonstrates as they jam their way through five songs over 36 inches of vinyl, the final side being dedicated to an etching of a big illuminati-esque triangle which says "my ther the wind" in huge letters in the centre.
Never mind that though, the recording quality is impeccable and I wouldn't guess it was a live set if it wasn't for the crowd noise when they finish a song. Side A is entirely taken up by 'Sulphur Valley Dawn', which opens with noisy rumbling drones of crackling distortion, feedback and synths that develops into a Hawkwind/Heads-ish stoner-psych jam for quite a while before easing off into a psych-rock soup of mellotron, picked guitar and extravagantly twiddly basslines which eventually lead us back into some Grateful Dead-ish jam-rock that steadily increases in speed and intensity to a ferocious climax.
Overleaf we get the mystical Eastern guitar shapes of 'Ancient Caravan', a smoky desert-rock groove with nimble-fingered guitar twangs echoing overhead like Richard Bishop guesting on a Desert Session, eventually building to a remorseless pounding psych-fuzz attack with merciless shredding overseen by swarms of synth-choirs. It's impressive how they manage to give the impression of looseness and freedom whilst remaining so together and individually never putting a foot wrong. If you're into fast-paced and virtuosic jam-based psych-prog, you'll find this indulgently fun.
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