You can tell that Love Machine is going to be a good and proper psych release when you see that it fills this LP (a coloured LP at that) with only four tracks: plenty of room to stretch out, letting the distortion and the delay lead the way. Zone Six go wild and spacey like pro’s: good news! On Deep Distance.
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- Love Monster by Zone Six
7/10 Robin Staff review, 19 May 2015
It’s the usual from Zone Six, here, if you can call music made on the heels of an eleven year hiatus “the usual”; on ‘Love Monster’, the band continue to drive the same intuitive and meandering solos through a rhythm section as straight as a highway. Guitars and synth coalesce, unravel and then float forever, but you can hear the drums and bass steadying the course, making Zone Six’s figurative trip a safe one. Even psych rockers gotta wear seatbelts.
‘Love Machine’ is split into four stoned psych jams that spread themselves thin and concentrate on the dynamism of two fellows: Modulfix creates atmospheres chilling and quickly abandoned with the synth, while guitarist Rainer Neeff casts a spell of constancy over the record, shaking and oscillating his notes until whole songs are covered with vignette solos. That’s how “Love Monster” goes, while shorter companion “The Insight” takes a perfect circle of a riff as its starting point and brings in droning synth to create a genuinely gorgeous atmosphere. “Acidic” is the most decidedly kraut-kissed of the record, Neeff’s crunching and distorted guitar sounding reverent to the firm but climaxing backdrop Komet Lulu and Sula Bassana have developed.
Zone Six’s formula is one of the most simple in psych rock, but it takes a lot of tenacity to make it work, and the long-form pieces on this record are as good a woozy freakout as you’re going to experience: they start and then they can’t stop, because there’s so much you can do with a guitar, and these guys don’t want to miss out.
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