Almost ritualistic sounding instrumentals from The Myrrors. Fiddles intertwine with guitars on an ascending journey, underpinned by slow but insistent rhythms. Some really satisfying pay-offs on this record, but the unhurried momentum of the builds are the best parts. Arena Negra is released by Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records.
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6/10 Robin Staff review, 13 March 2015
At this point in time, I think it’d be more effective if my reviews were magazine cut-out collages of old reviews I’ve written about psych rock; or maybe you could just construct a psych rock madlib. Either way: wah pedals, effects, grooves, endless repetition, hypnosis, cosmic mysteries, the X-Files, space, the Heads, fuzz, hippies, reverb, the olden days, beards. Put that all together and I can guarantee solid 7/10 stuff.
The Myrrors aren't quite as straight-up with their brand of psych rock, employing some tricks with a reassuring degree of familiarity -- riffs interlock and then stay that way for minutes at a time on the opener ‘Arena Negra’ -- but opting for moments of uncertainty with droning background flourishes, whether they're violins, bells or, for the Nintendo crowd, ocarinas. The band delve into some areas your homely psych travellers might not want to go, with acoustic percussion and distantly intoned vocals on “Juanito Laguana Duerme Con los Grillos” recalling the death-adoring Have A Nice Life -- I mean, technically everyone with a guitar is a goth, so they’re not straying too far. The relentless grooves remain strapped on for the song, with a bassline staying the course like a good old fashioned seatbelt. Bless you, bassline seatbelts.
In pretty psych-rock fashion, this is a very unassuming record with moments of spectral ambience and squealing instrumentation to heighten its cause. It’s not the mysterious package it’s been billed as, nor does it come from “shaman”, as the appropriate press release happily exclaims. These are tight, eerie jams that mainly sparkle when the cymbals are struck and the bassline moves. If you like listening to music in the dark, you’ll like this.
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