Psychedelic rock from Chicago. Verma were apparently so inspired by the ancient Babylonian map of the cosmos named the Mul.apin that they used to it guide their compositional process; even if that mainly translates to “make space-rock”. It did also lead them to give double titles to each track here as well though. On Trouble In Mind.
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Space rock is cool and/or overdone and you know it. Worrying about the ocean of stars this week is Verma, some sort of no frills space crew who have a strong focus on psych structure, but way more interest in making your trip emotive. The guitars tremble as much as they oscillate and distort, and the synths swirl desperately; the drums get furious, and how often can you say that about all the other bands orbiting the blank dot? Between the endless bass grooves, this record has what I would call crescendos.
Rather then dredge down the route of two endless jams, one per flip, ‘Mul.apin’ comes in many suites, detailing smaller details of the larger cosmos with synth washes like “Iriandi” -- which still implements a tiny groove, placed underneath the soundscape like a safety net -- and new way kosmische blow outs like “Sorceror”. Space rock thinks it’s all the same out there, for millions of miles, but what about all those big balls of planet cluttering up the place?
The record’s second side does in fact stretch into one long piece, abiding by a yawning ambient structure before hell ever so slightly breaks loss: a dooming drumbeat comes in and guitars start to whine like a siren evacuating a station. The movement is so slow that the urgency feels surreal, and the track eventually sees itself out before an ascension. This is inventive stuff in a genre not famed for its incongruities: I hope that Verma keep seeing things on their travels.
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