Hoga Nord are a nice little Swedish label releasing things mainly of a psychy persuasion, and Les Big Byrd is no exception. Liquid Sky has four tracks, all imbued with a winter melancholy whilst still being flamingly psychedelic. All on a 12” picture disc that is striking to say the least (nude warriors of some kind?).
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 14 May 2015
Sweethearts of psych rock Les Big Byrd melted my heart from the space station on ‘Stockholm Death Star’, which formalised itself as a krautrock album before diving into what felt like love songs, singer-songwriter mush hidden behind a few interlocked riffs. Now they’re back with a picture disc that makes them look something like the Knife with a lot less political motivation, and things are of the What Did You Expect variety: super strength psych rock with guitars following all the tricks in the book.
There’s a rhythm in “The Summer Ends Tonight” that suggests the totality of the song title: the band have written the conclusion to this song before they’ve even rehearsed it, and as the song slowly drives itself down the road, you can hear its end coming. The guitars distort on striking chords and tinkering toy percussion juxtaposes the krauty drumming going autopilot in the background. As always, Les Big Byrd have a killer riff for your brain to absorb and eventually be defeated by.
The rapid bass of our title track is proof of Les Big Byrd’s masterful psych gaze, as they manage to keep it firing as slow guitar riffs and wide-ey4ed synth creeps in, like someone tentatively jumping onto a moving train. They make it sound so easy. “Roundhouse Blues” sees the band go for the space-prog balladeering, a gruelling liftoff of stuttering drums and shooting guitars playing out as synth sparkles, the twinkles in the sky getting closer. Same old psych rock, but Les Big Byrd play the standard stuff with aplomb.
10/10 Freddiefoureyes Customer review, 22nd October 2015
As always when a song by Les Big Byrd hits my ear I hate it. After a few weeks of trying to escape the unlistenable noise there comes a place and time where the song I first hated just hits the right spot, the pieces fall in place, my heart and my mind is open for a new song/s. This tend to happened when these small batch limited records are sold out at my favourite record store. It happened before and it will happen again. I am happy tell all of you that are still reading this that I got top service from Norman Records and I will return when the hunt for next sold out item begins, or maybe already tonight. The chase never ends. 10-4.
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