Concise, krautish art rock from San Fran trio The Imajinary Friends, also featuring many actual extant friends. There are plenty of positive vibes coming off this one, their first release in over a decade. Groovy, clambering basslines, jangly guitar and various synths make up the tone of most of these; the lot culminates in a dreamy, spacious twelve-minute finale.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 28 November 2017
Reprehensible liars the Imajinary Friends do the audacious and name the second track on their extremely psychedelic album “Sick of Psych”. Damned lies; this old-school festival of surreal and silky rock has that stuff all over it. Sounding like hauntology meets Broadcast and spawns some BJMs, their grooving (read: churning) tunes are those of a well-oiled psych band, and that’s a fact.
It’s also fine. It’s okay to be a psych rock band, especially when you’re having this much fun: amping their synths up to volume and pitches only previously used on the organ of the Phantom of the Opera, they also invite a heavy dosage of distortion, wah and delay, making dirty garage rock that occasionally gets out to the town carnival. After making a muddy, grumbling tune in “Sick of Psych” they traverse faraway galaxies with the sparkle-toned “Dream”, which does the whole astral thing quite wonderfully. Multitudes? Even psych bands can contain them.
Me, I’ll take the bubblegum version of this band, thanks. “Frangipani” sounds straight out of Jacco Gardner’s textbook, using a lounging bassline to prop up shimmering pop goodness that could only really be described as kosmische. And saccharine. Is there a portmanteau for those two words? Best not to try.
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