Tip: If you want to be psychedelic then replace the 'i' in your name with a 'y'. This is just what the Myrrors have done and it has stood them in very good stead. This latest release sees them in firm raga/freak out mode, an extended thirty minute transcendental improvisation cut over two sides of wax.
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The Myrrors delve deeper into their endless slew of basement tapes for the first in a Cardinal Fuzz archives series. I mean, this is all excessively relative: can you actually use terms like “delving deep” and “archives” when the music was released less than a year ago?
Whatever the case, some transfer deadline news: ‘Lunar Halo’ is moving from the Myrrors’ own Organic Music Society imprint over to the Cardinal Fuzz, offering an extra helping of raga-infused psychedelia for anyone who still doesn’t know what that sound like. As far as that genre goes, the Myrrors have nothing if not aplomb: they draw out the first side of this LP in a lovely drone that both twinkles in the sky and stretches like elastic, different strings pushing towards different degrees of swinging, humming and gurgling. The drums sound like glass shattering in slow motion, eventually cresting into proper rhythm and allowing the band to get slowly but surely melodic. It sounds… like the Dirty Three? Good.
No barn-burner, this: no solos meander, no noise gets out of hand. Instead the Myrrors demonstrate what pretty things they can do under the thumb of restraint, the thirty minutes climaxing in only the most minute of terms. It’s a slow and steady ascent with one repetitive bassline, one very simple and incremental drumbeat, and a whole lot of lovely, oddly affected guitar effects. Simple, but I like it when the Myrrors are simple: they create something warm to accompany you on your next orienteering mission to the space station corner shop.
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