Black Hanz, the latest single from the debut album of Moonlandingz, and marks the first release for the band following their signing to Transgressive Records. Available on limited edition 10” vinyl, the single was produced by Sean Lennon in Sheffield and New York, and mixed by acclaimed Flaming Lips and MGMT producer, Dave Fridmann.
10" £10.99 TRANS260X
Limited 10" EP on Transgressive. Edition of 500 copies.
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So 2017 starts as 2016 ended.....with some psych rock for me to chew over. They are all at it it seems even folks from Eccentronic Research Council who have here got together with the guy that gets his knob out for Fat White Family for a slice of paint by numbers psych.
Like the history of both bands it's all ideas over execution but it's hard not to find something enjoyable in the opening title track with it's pulsating grooves and squiggly synths and mantra-ish vocal. It sounds rather like Fat White Family in fact and I rather like the finale with some choir-like sounds added to the general mayhem.
If my mother taught me one thing though it's not to trust any record with a Fat White Family member in it and so B side 'Drop It Fauntelroy' is one song too many for my ears. It's not in any way dissimilar to 'Black Hanz' but with a sneering doomy vocal a top some dark synthy psych. It's disco-y vibe reminds me a little of Dead or Alive's darker pre-pop moments and the chorus is an ear worm if nothing else. What this screams is standard music expertly produced with is what you might expect if you combined Fat White Family and Eccentronic Research Council.
There's also a nice Morricone-ish instrumental plus a 'de-mix' of 'Psych Ersatz' which is a dubby lollop combined with churning voices and guitar scree. Not bad but there's something about it that won't allow me to award it anything more generous than a 6.
8/10 Simon Ghent Customer review, 15th January 2017
6/10 - that's a bit harsh!
I like the Fat White Family, but they can be a bit… wearing, you know, listening to an album is a bit like an afternoon with a toddler who's been on the orange smarties!
I think the influence of The Eccentronic Research Council have reigned them in a bit, it's much less frantic.
Production by Sean Lennon and mixing by Dave Friedman, quite impressive friends.
I'm looking forward to the album and have ordered the Eccentronic Research Council that spawned this offering.
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