Mini Album Thingy Wingy features seven new tracks by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Anton Newcombe recorded the songs over the last year in his Berlin studio. Initially influenced by The Rolling Stones’ psychedelic phase, Newcombe has been incorporating ‘90s shoegaze, middle eastern and Brazilian influences into later recordings. On 10” red double vinyl with exclusive artwork (for the fans!), Clear vinyl 12” LP and CD.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 November 2015Brian Jonestown have proven in the past that they know their way around an album title. ‘Bravery Repetition and Noise', ‘Their Satanic Majesties Second Request’ and now comes ‘Mini Album Thingy Wingy’. You decide. There is always that moment when for a stupid second you think that more of the same is a bad thing. This interim release after the marvellous ‘Revelation’ and the ‘Musique de film imaginé‘ soundtrack does everything a BJM fan would want it to do yet doesn’t reach the dizzy heights of ‘Revelation’ (what could?). However, it's an enjoyable ride throughout. Opener 'Pish' is BJM on autopilot but a good autopilot, a slow druggy tune with tremelo'd guitars and those whacked out vocals. BJM are one of the few English speaking bands who regularly sing in foreign tongue and ‘Prsi Prsi’ is this albums example - this time in Slovakian. It’s one of those uplifting BJM tracks that spins along on folky guitars, droning sitars and flutes bursting into a chorus that sounds like it has just been plucked blinking from some obscure late 60’s film soundtrack. ’Dust’, a 13th Floor Elevators song, even has the band attempting to re-create that famed electric jug sound. A really great song by a terrific band. It sounds here like Newcombe and pals have retreated a little back to their early day Rolling Stones obsession on several tracks, there’s less experimentalism overall and and anything off the wall is consigned to used as background effects especially the closing strung out wig out ‘Here Comes Waiting For the Sun’. Which all suits me fine, its the usual mix of instrumentals, covers, and a clutch songs sounding like they should have been released in 1967. Back in their wilder days it would be difficult to imagine BJM becoming a sturdy, reliable unit. But here they are being just that - but don't take them for granted - they are still one of the best psychedelic bands on the planet.
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