The sound of psychedelic young Brisbane! Dreamtime are deep into their psych-rock (I mean have you seen the sleeve art?), approaching those third eye realms from lots of different angles, with as much in the way of grooves, komische synths and weird fizzles as riffs. Strange Pleasures is a gatefold double LP release on Cardinal Fuzz.
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Here they are again, the astronauts of somewhere or rather, their shiny rocket passing implausibly through a planetary minefield of colours that exceed the rainbow… etcetera. Following two records of strange cosmic journeys, Dreamtime use the massive ‘Strange Pleasures’ to craft psychedelia in all kinds of multitudes, through completely bananas space rock solos, tightly disciplined prog rhythms, synthy kosmische splatter and doomy drum deliverance.
It’s all a bit much, which is totally their point: listen to the sparkly organ setting that grooves through the second half of “Luminous Night” and you’ll feel like you’re in a version of Interstellar scored by Motorpsycho rather than Hans Zimmer. These long, meandering songs found several different tightly-wound climaxes offering them up between creepy drone rock churns and ominous chanting, riffs twiddling away with a loose, almost improvised feel -- note how what sounds fragmented will eventually grow into something repetitive and leading, suggesting something from nothing because space.
It’s a fucking long pantomime about fake outer space but it rarely repeats itself, offering different elements of euphoria and macabre through as many synth artifacts and guitar tones as possible -- they don’t overdo distortion, they don’t stick to one psychedelic vocal, and eventually they deliver on just being the weirdest fucking version of this kinda band you can hear -- take it from me, the autotune on “The Sentient” is a plot twist. Which I just spoiled. But it doesn't matter: if you're listening to this you're as deep into the psychedelic wormhole as any living being could be.
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