This rare line-up of Expo ‘70 features two drummers, which instantly makes it twice as good. The America Hear & Now Sessions captures all that was recorded by this particular version of the band: a flare-up of deep jamming for fans of thickly-textured psychedelia. 300 copies, split over a black vinyl / red packaging edition of 160 and a gold vinyl / brown packaging edition of 140. Also on CD. On Essence Music.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 05 January 2017
Amidst the slew of Expo ‘70 releases psychedelic troubador Justin Wright throws our way, this one is a keeper, for unto it was done a blessed thing we wish was being done all the time: it was given two drummers. ‘American Here & Now’ offers the same strand of patiently waiting, excruciatingly tense and undeniably Western psychedelia, but its drones feel punchier at their peak.
These reverberating guitar lines stick so hypnotically to their spot that they start to move around elliptically, until everything feels both in place and out of place -- it’s something that’s been championed by artists like Boris (on the tantalising ‘Flood’) and Nathan Amundson, though Wright plays around the edges of his drone rock, adorning it with choice solos and rebellious drum fills, as if raising the stakes while standing on the spot. “First Movement” and “Second Movement” seem to exchange emphases, the first primarily sounding like a psych rock jam given a droning structure and the second sleuthing from its sacred drone tone to a heady free percussive freakout.
It’s certainly a more intensive payoff for Wright, who’s psychedelics here continue to reward patience but also pack a punch. The textures, as ever, are total Expo ‘70 mud, so happy wading.
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