Pridjevi are a Croatian crew, formed of three songwriters who have audibly psychedelic interests. Sung entirely in Croatian (good thing too), this self-titled debut is a lovely whirling thing, hypnotising listeners with circular rhythms, acid rock guitars, and a haze of indefinable background sound. On Trouble In Mind.
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Pridjevi are a Croatian outfit who use psych rock as their starting point but understand genres as a viscous swamp that needs to be waded through. This record is steadfast, circular and repetitive -- the kind we accuse of hypnotising us -- but it’s also full of diverse tricks and dislocating timbres. It starts on an estranged, half-tempo type of reverb rock that’s custom of Eternal Tapestry before sanding away the skittering percussion for a bit of piano-led hauntology. From there it brings in lushly processed acoustic strums for a track that sounds like pastoral folk caught in cognitive dissonance, like acid rain falling on an empty forest.
Where Pridjevi maintain their psych rock brownie points is mostly in their overarching aesthetic: their sound has that bleeding old-school production that sounds both clean and distant, and the vocals have the bright, echoing classicism of many an early psych band. Beyond that, though, it feels like they may as well be making jazz, folk, prog: “On Je Jesen” collates and then collapses melodies for keyboards while guitar riffs splurge around, the whole thing smoothed out by a melodically tethered vocal that seems comfortable in the chaos. “Svijet na Dlanu” snaps snare together with nauseating guitar and kisses the whole thing off with flute, creating a sound that slowly climbs out of its dreamlike state into something more organic.
This band can do that propulsive shit we all like, but they attain it through disparate means: their music always sounds busied, cramming in overloud arrangements into the wide open acoustics they’ve prepared. “Ubila Sam Cvijet” has a clockwork rhythm but Pridjevi disguise it in reverberating vocal harmonies and squealing guitar. This record is both a journey and a distraction -- it's nice to be confounded when you know where you're going.
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