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Bending waves with Axis: Sova. Early Surf is the nine tracker form the Chicago fuzz-o-phile. Taking psych-rock to the next dimension, Sova's pull out all the stops, with righteously acidic guitar wizardry, tripped out vocal production and krautrockish lo-fi drum machines. Think Santana, Sonic Youth, Wooden Shjips, Lightning Bolt and a hazy of bonged out vibes. Out on vinyl LP from God?


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Early Surf by Axis: Sova
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 12 February 2015

‘Early Surf’ is coughed and wheezed out of Ty Segall’s God? imprint, which guarantees fine fuzzology, grainy but fussed-over production and all possible garage rock worlds. If you want to a throw on a record the artist basically threw away, look to the joyous, dingy lazy days of Axis:Sova, an artist who draws on psych as much as he does on the fragmented lo-fi slabs of Guided by Voices -- these are songs, but they also forget to be songs, Sova writing melodies and then crossing them out in favour of dissonance, indecipherable guitar solos and hungrily distorted noise. This jumbled set of sounds is then committed to tape, in a final declaration of what ‘Early Surf’ is all about: it wants to be loud and proud, but would rather you left it alone.

Axis:Sova’s music recalls early ‘90s lo-fi troubadours, using the affectation as a primary source of sound and instrumentation. The scars on this record are more important than the songs that lie underneath them, with Brett Sova’s shouts only heard as mumbles underneath a clusterfuck of distortion and noise. Occasionally Sova switches into the acoustic mode, making a clear-as-day ditty -- here, again, the focus seems to be on the production, the songs filled with ambience and subtle fuzz as they wobble through the tape’s eccentric mastering.

The muffled production gives Sova a few good opportunities to jam the fuck out, and he takes them with great satisfaction, rolling through songs with as much bedroom pop audacity as he wants. The mini-epic that takes up much of the record's flip takes on programmed beats and woozy guitar, recalling Dream Police’s recent record ‘Hypnotized’, in that it’s perfectly constructed and will happily go no where. ‘Early Surf’ is all the better for not giving too much of a shit: it sounds genuinely curious, but it doesn't stick around for answers.


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