Sundays & Cybele have been playing their acid-washed psychedelic rock in Japan for over a decade: Gypsy House was first released in 2012, but is now being properly re-issued on the Guruguru Brain label. Classically overblown psych action with a streak of joy running through it, limited to only 250 vinyl copies.
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Sundays & Cybele go down the pointlessly meandering route on their own take on psych magnificence. Listening to “Mystic Ocean”, the opener to their record ‘Gypsy House’, you’ll clock about twenty solos from lead dude Kazuo Tsubouchi -- each technically combining into one long solo slog, underpinned by gatekeeping chords and chance appearances of a sitar that sounds like it wishes it could fly away from this showmanship planet. Are you ready to rock and subsequently forget where you parked?
On ‘Gypsy House’ it’s clear that Sundays & Cybele can’t quite keep away from the guitars for more than a millisecond, but at times their pittar-patter of riffs can be a gorgeous thing: the twinkling, downward-spiralling riff of “Waiting For You” leads into more solo ambling, but this time it’s beautified and coated in warm organs and homely hand drumming. Wahing aside, this is one of this year’s most serene psych outings, though it soon transitions into the muted, hissed and generally rawked “Saint Song”.
“Angel” is the kind of classic rock stomper Boris would have been proud to call their own on either ‘Heavy Rocks’, while the record closes in earnest on the plaintive, Americana-blossomed “Into The Broken Seas Again”, full of dozing, twanging guitar that goes nowhere fast. Kiss it off with the minute detail “Diaspora”, a fun little percussive ditty, and you’ve got a well rounded psych record that’s most enjoyable when relaxing all cool.
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