In this edition of the Fuzz Club split single series, both bands are given a side of 10 inch vinyl to loosen up with a single long song. The Black Angels psych it up with a mid-pace stomper, whilst Italians Sonic Jesus up the haze quotient. Fifth record in this limited series, with sleeves black, white and smelling of leather.
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- Fuzz Club Split Single No. 5 by The Black Angels / Sonic Jesus
10/10 ian robertson Customer review, 11th December 2014
A proverbial beatific match made in Fuzz Club heaven.
I confess to having been a bit of late-comer to The Black Angels, but when they appeared on my radar in December 2013, I fell for them hook, line and sinker. Their sound simply encapsulated all of the elements I had adored since my first adolescent stirrings with The Doors, The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Cure, Echo And The Bunnymen et al.
Sonic Jesus came to me courtesy of Fuzz Club guru Casper Dee. I had somehow missed out on the birth of the psychedelic revival, but in January 2014, having proclaimed my undying love for all things Fuzz Club, Casper uttered the words that would have an enormous impact on the proceeding year, "Maybe you should check out Sonic Jesus as well."
The Black Angels' 'Molly Moves My Generation' is everything and more, that you'd expect from a band who have helped define the very essence of the genre, since the release of their debut album 'Passover' in 2006. There is a darkness to this track, perhaps more reminiscent of 'Passover' and it's follow up 'Directions To See A Ghost', than there has been on the subsequent 'Phosphene Dream' and 'Indigo Meadow' long players. 'Molly Moves My Generation' starts out with an insistent, driving, marching drumbeat before becoming ensnared and enmeshed in the snarling guitar and wailing drone ensemble. Lyrically, the track reprises The Black Angels' "Heed the warning: Don’t Play With Guns” mantra. A malaria fevered, tribal interlude follows before all hell breaks loose, writhing to a shamanic, hypnotic, climactic finale.
Sonic Jesus' 'Lost Reprise' is a 7 minute and 39 second, exquisite drone meisterwerk. It picks up the baton from 'It's Time To Hear' in terms of it's methodical tempo and phrasing, but as the title suggests it just keeps pushing the envelope until there is quite literally no envelope left to push. 'Lost Reprise' has a mystical character, to which I imagine myself in the presence of Blake, performing alchemy or summoning the demiurge Urizen. The sparse yet lush opening guitar chords evoke a lunar, sea of tranquility dreamscape. Layer builds upon delicious droning layer, joined by a plaintive, rich vocal akin to a relentlessly mesmeric siren song. We are Sonic Jesus, you will be assimilated, resistance is futile...
"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." If The Doors and The Velvet Underground are playing in the ballroom, The Black Angels and Sonic Jesus have secured the keys to, and are the resident house bands in the basement.
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