Vibravoid, billed as “Germany’s leading psychedelic rock band”, give us Stepping Stone, a 3 track EP which mines that ‘Lucy in the Sky’ era Beatles. We’re talking sitar, tabla, drifting vocals, psychedelic interludes and lyrics which you probably shouldn’t read too much into. A classic sliver of psychedelia.
7” vinyl EP.
7" on Fruits de Mer.
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Well it’s about damn time a psych rock band covered one of the Monkees’ songs. The history books are now settled on account of Vibravoid’s cover of “Stepping Stone”, a thrashing update with swirly, processed vocals, deflating guitar fuzz and the general feel of a lucid dream. Weirdly, all these effects do little to update the atmosphere of the original: it still sounds like a song built for teenage rebellion rather than a psychedelic trip.
Two other tunes crop up on this 7”, including a cover of Traffic’s “Hole In My Shoe”, with Beatles-esque psych appropriation via sitars, trembling acoustic guitars and high-and-wild harmonies. It is quite alright, and again feels like a subtly, more full-bodied update of its source material. The echoing yarn of “The White Ship” feels like a checklist of things Vibravoid love: faraway aesthetics, reverb, distortion, old-school psychedelia and songs that can barely be heard over their affectations.
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