Available on 180 gram vinyl, limited to 500 copies from Golden Mantra. Recorded in Newcastle Dec ‘14, including members from BONG and Khunnt, Blown Out offer a sound that is close to a fugged out Hawkwind. At three tracks spanning 40 minutes, this is a thick and heavy soundtrack to tumble down the rabbit hole.
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LP on Golden Mantra. Edition of 500 copies.
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If I recall correctly, this is the band Stanley Kubrick would love if he wasn’t dead. Blown Out took us far out past our familiar galaxy on an endlessly long journey with ‘Drifting Way Out Between Suns’, and they return now with more space worship on ‘Jet Black Hallucinations’. This one is three whole tracks, a trilogy so long it could be the Lord of the Rings in astronaut suits. It’s woozy and disorientating psych rock that distorts your idea of being a human being standing on earth -- it’s all sideways from here on out.
Those who love the estranged and heavily treated soloing of Carlton Melton, King Gizzard and Dead Meadow will likely be thrilled by this record’s tight meandering -- for the rest of us philistines, it’s a wonderfully hypnotic record in which guitars unwind to the point of no return as the drums go about their work charting various solar systems. The eponymous opener sounds the way you’d expect most psych to sound: half the band members freaking out and bleeding through the frets, the other half yawning as they keep time.
When you hear a record as reverent to the endless actualities of our universe as this one is, it’s strange to think space rockers are still releasing their records on 12”; it’s jarring to have to bring the needle up and start afresh for “Transgalactic World Eater” and “Ultrawave Communications”, two tracks that largely do the exact same thing on the flip. Space is the place… but at what RPM, though?
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