Portuguese krautadelia band Dreamweapon (a single reference to Spacemen 3’s double-reference to Angus “Velvet Underground” MacLise and La Monte Young) return with SOL, a four-stage zone-out blowout recorded in a single take. You’ve got your phaser/delay combo on the guitar, your rattling, droning bass, huge reverb and, somewhere in the distance far below, a devoted drum kit tapping away.
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Named, confusingly, after a record that was reissued last week, Dreamweapon are giving us good evidence in favour of the eternal return theory. I guess everything truly does come back, and their blurry drone rock does good paraphrased homage to the long, live bliss out Spacemen 3 crafted on one fine ‘88 evening. Opening with “Mashinne” -- an out of focus song propulsed by a blunt programmed beat landing in a gaseous dreamworld -- it suggests the same heavily deconstructed rock music.
Empty the room out, probably: this is one to do alone in a corner of your room that feels like the edge of a personal galaxy. The guitars warble unknown, the synths groan silent and the drums roll onward. The whispered vocals dreamweapon use are their own instrument, offering languishing glides across space that stop with sudden percussive hisses. It’s eerie and ongoing, never really finding a place to stop -- or just a reason to.
It’s well worn territory, this neo-psychedelic noise shimmer, but Dreamweapon do it well. And there’s no such thing as competition or canon out their in the big old universe, so let them meander into your ears.
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