Traditional psych rock act Os Noctambulos are set to release their debut record, 'Corsica Garden', produced by genre maverick Nick Wheeldon, who's worked with acts such as the Jesus Loves Heroin Band. Os Noctambulos subvert the norms of their favourite sound, clouding the room up with a psych atmosphere but dabbling in surf rock riffs and country twang. 'Corsica Garden' is a lucky dip of weird shit and catchy jams.
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- Corsica Garden by Os Noctambulos
I'm very much enjoying this debut LP by Anglo-French psych-rock newcomers Os Noctambulos, who are obviously well schooled in the sounds of '60s garage, psych and surf rock, carving out immaculate little pop gems full of Doors-ish organ and jagged reverbed Seeds-esque guitar, with occasional diversions into countryish jangle and a healthy dose of surf rock.
They stomp their way through ten tracks in half an hour here, with plenty of good ideas of the couurse of the record. Songs like the pummelling 'Bad Man' show that they're not shy of straightforward garage punk (and not bad at it either) but they're at their best on the more mid-paced and moody numbers like 'On The Run' and opener 'Forever', which is really hitting the spot with its dreamy clouds of backing vocals and Hank Marvin-esque guitar. Surf instrumental 'Polly' is excellent too, a nicely swampy take on the likes of Davie Allen and Dick Dale. Really excellent stuff, highly recommended for those who like Nuggets/Pebbles-inspired psychedelic pop.
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