Cambridge psych-rock released via Brighton’s Drone Rock label. The name Psychic Lemon really is a name to live up to, and this band happily deliver on their obligations. Wah, fuzz and reverb is draped all over these jams: proper tune-in-and-drop-out kind of stuff. And the record is pressed to, yep, ‘Psychic Lemon Yellow’ coloured vinyl.
Vinyl LP £16.99 DRR004
'Psychic Lemon' yellow coloured vinyl LP on Drone Rock Records.
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A self-professed hybrid of Kraut-bitten psych and funk. And they still want you to listen to it. The very conflicted minds behind Psychic Lemon are not making it easy on their listeners, arguably creating a torrential noise from two genres that can be rigid as rules and clear as sky. The record’s opener is a miniature cacophony, with a sleek, overpaced bassline crashing into noisily pedalled guitars and super-hippied nonsense like “sowing seeds on a motorway / hypertexted takeaway / saving tens for the underclass / chicken wings / avalanche / ha ha”. Where the fuck am I? Am I being superglued onto a collage?
You’ve gotta give credit to Psychic Lemon for their… something. This record goes places, by which I mean it suspends reality and bungee jumps from one extreme to another, unharnessed by musical logistics: a droning choir bleeds into folksy strums on “Death Cult Blues” before the band quite literally break out a sick riff, deciding instead to turn the song into a sort of goth-Yes jammer with some of the year’s worst flute (in a year of plenty). These completely unrelated ideas bounce off each other like two executives about to pitch their own dismissal.
I guess it’s supposed to be funny, but it also sounds so serious. It’s hard to tell a good joke in what is formally psych rock, since you barely get the chance to weave a narrative -- “Good Cop Bad Cop” opens with a premise (“he was a good cop… he was a bad cop… he was copping around!”) but then just has to riff its way through the saga, ditching further details in favour of the repeating hook and any extra flavour. This rawk record is both over and under developed: props for that.
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