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This 7" documents the prog rock geek/freak-outs of Lamagaia, a band of genre-fusing scientists from Gothenburg, Sweden. It's comprised of two tracks, including "Seebas", a weird tribute to psych rock and with endlessly hypnotic grooves, as well as "Space Normal Speed". Bless Lamagaia for making no frills prog rock that's all about getting up to hi-jinks.

7" £9.49 HNR006

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Space Normal Speed / Seabass by Lamagaia
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 19 September 2014

I haven't heard of Lamagaia before but when Clint handed me this 7" for review I said "That looks like Swedish prog to me", and in a rare bit of proof that sometimes you really can judge a record by its cover, it turns out that's exactly what it is. This Gothenburg gang are flying the flag for second-generation prog with a couple of tasty jammy slices of psych-kraut tightness.

On side A we've got 'Space Normal Speed', which features a simple and hypnotic groove from the drums and bass that brings to mind Neu! or more recent psych explorers like Hookworms and Follakzoid, while two guitars jam away over the top in slowly intensifying wah ecstasy, starting hesitant and eventually building to a soaring space-rock riff before fading out. Over on the other side 'Seabass' ramps up the wah and distortion to Heads-like levels over a faster and harder but similarly repetitive groove. I think I'm preferring this crunchier and less predictable B side but they're both solid efforts.


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