Here's an example of psych rock being fun. Zone Six are a long running improvised trance rock band that feature members of Electric Moon and Sula Bassana. This is a recording of the freaking the heck out at a venue “Graf Hugo“ in Feldkirch, Austria. The sort of amazing place that bands love to play and that councils want to turn into car parks. Pretend you were there by putting on the vinyl nice and loud and dancing around.
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Zone Six came careering down the highway in 2015, travelling with the eagerness brought on by an eleven year hiatus in which each member floated through psychedelic purgatory in honour of their side-projects and sleeping patterns. Sleep they did, and the far-out trio return now with a psychedelic sound akin to rubbing the eyes and stifling a yawn after a satisfying hibernation nap.
The record opens with a surfy drone that slowly and purposefully stretches its riffage out, a bass line quietly muffled underneath as synths meander and placate like one of Suzanne Cianni’s old new age records played at the lowest volume. It’s twenty minutes long and the drums get things going at about the sixth, the band erupting into grumbly, low-end affected solos that bring about a traditional space rock stakeout. It’s nothing you haven’t heard before but the opening drone sets the furore up quite nicely.
I’d describe the record’s B-side but I can largely do so by saying all of the same things I just said, so I’m best wrapping it up here and leaving the comic specifics to the wax. ‘Forever Hugo’ is extremely Deep Distance in its ability to meddle both in heavy psych and sleepy kosmische.
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