Transatlantic heavy psych team-up between the Arizona-based drone-rock gang The Myrrors and the progged-up Swedish crew Centralstödet. This split features epic new material from each band, and it must be said that the two sides complement each other very nicely. Ljudkamrater is released by both the Cardinal Fuzz and the Sky Lantern labels.
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- Ljudkamrater by Centralstodet / The Myrrors
8/10 Robin Staff review, 14 February 2017
The Myrrors are of course that extremely psychedelic band you know and love beyond my existence as incumbent Norman psychedelic listener man. They’re the kind of band I imagine other psych rock bands sneakily copying off in psych rock class, such are their high grades for versatility, repetition and riffage. They don’t even need to tell you, at this point, so they don’t, opting to phase into their first cut on this split, “Rayuela”, with no intro at all. The bassline noodles in first from the long fade-in, the band tethered to a slow rhythm and letting their endless sea of reverb do the rest. Simple, being this psychedelic.
They’re at a doomy pace on this one, becoming more lucid on “Night Flower Codex”, where the rhythm section toil in slowmo as brass and guitar shimmers on the horizon. It’s a good thing, then, that split buddies Centralstodet lay it back as much as they do. Their sound is more dissonant and swirly, here, the space between the rhythm filled with psychedelic scum -- but it moves as patiently and mysteriously as their buddies do. A nice little juxtaposition exists between how the bands’ present their sound, with Centralstodet’s distortion loud and furious in your ears and the Myrrors sorta fading into ellipses. Two different styles nailed to the same genre coffin.
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