Since 2003 Mugstar have been making their distinctive krautrock influenced psychedelic music. They impressed John Peel and collaborated with Can’s Damo Suzuki. On Magnetic Seasons, on double vinyl LP and CD from Rock Action, they capture the heavy instrumental post-rock sound that they’ve developed through energetic live shows.
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Listening to psych rock is kind of like brushing my teeth: out of nothing but obligation, I do it twice a day. Today’s morning phase belongs to Mugstar, who’ve unleashed another super-long tirade of post-rocking echo riffs and void-numbed grooves. People love to point out the band’s ties to Damo Suzuki, with whom they collaborated with, but ‘Magnetic Seasons’ proves Mugstar a far more straightforward proposition than their krautrock heroes, a band content to plug forward with their song structures ‘til the clock hits bedtime.
Though I can’t really see much point in describing the songs -- I’m well-aware at this point in time that describing this homogenised genre is kinda like saying “not much” when someone asks what’s going on with you -- Mugstar continue to offer a rather chrome approach to psych rock, jamming with as much traditionalism as Explosions In The Sky would offer post-rock. In choice moments, the band toy with the space they’ve left open between their space-toned riffs, such as on “Flemish Weave”, where sharp keyboards come in at a diametrically opposed timbre. As always, there’s a prettiness to their music, something that excuses the long, repetitive strains of their sound: “Remember the Breathing” oscillates on an uncertain figure, shrouded by skyline synth chords, before it opens up onto a propulsive marching beat. They must’ve listened to Can; they’ve got the whole patience thing down to a 't'.
My choice Nice Moment Of The Psych Album™ on this one is “Regency Blues”, a straightforward jam made ramshackle by loose drums and chords that shift between clear, warbling and spaced out. They don’t move between the gears, much, but Mugstar do make you feel like you’ve logged some miles.
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