Hang on, this back story is so complicated I lost my way at a point way before the record actually got made. Anyway by way of a lost drum stool, a dog and some coffee Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi) etc hooked up with psychedelic groove guys Mattson 2 for an album of exploratory pop and psych-tinged jazz moves which on the tune I'm listening to sounds like the Zombies as played by Shuggie Otis. This could be really good.
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I was really looking forward to this collaboration between the Toro Y Moi feller and psych groove guys the Mattson 2 and the lead track that was issued 'Star Stuff' is just superb, a tangle of marvellously authentic 60's sounds coming on for all the world like some lost outtake from the Zombies 'Odyssey and Oracle' - a mysterious burst of psych pop seemingly beamed in from outer space. Personally I'm finding a lot of the remainder a bit too space jazz for my liking with twiddling guitar compositions either there for their virtuosity or because they couldn't think of anything else to do. There's a smooth 70's soul feel to the best bits and 'JBS' is another lovely moment - somehow tapping into the same atmosphere's that made Seals & Crofts 'Summer Breeze' sop blissful, it has an extended intro of way over two minutes before Bundick's distinctive vocals appear.
This would have made the best 7" ever - the remainder is full of aimless noodling such as 'Steve Pink' or Traffic influenced psych moves like 'Disco Kid' which are just a mod haircut away from Paul Weller's latest work. If you are more keen on Afrofuturist, jazz and groove fuelled psychedelic improvisations there's going to be much here to enjoy. It's a wild ride for sure but just not for me. And that's ok - I'm in the chair this time but comment below if this is what you want.
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