Rocket darlings Lay Llamas continue to travel the planets in search of the grooviest freaksters baby. Thuban is a little more grounded, finding earthly rhythms from all over to celebrate and experiment with, doing the usual psychedelic hypnosis with a spoken word feature from the Pop Group's Mark Stewart. Well this is really living, eh?
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There was a time when all I ever reviewed was the Lay Llamas or bands that desperately wanted to sound like them. Darlings of Rocket, the psych rock band have long been the champion of jangly repetitions, making the best version of a taut, rhythmic jam outfit swimming in a sea with leagues of them. I’ve come to accept this music will never, ever stop getting made, that psych rock is a forever fad, but I won’t begrudge Lay Llamas and their gentle, fun time.
‘Thuban’ is a chill time and a little ride: the band coo over well calibrated beats and the occasional jangle; a bassline bounces inoffensively through things. Even on “Silver Sun”, in which they employ a skronky sax solo, they sound clear as day, coasting along their song structure next to the noise like it’s a pathway set out to avoid hot sand. “Cults and Rites From the Black Cliff” is a simmering slow jam with wayward synths and jittering fills, but it’s tethered by a bassline that keeps it swaying, pendulum like, in the heat.
Not one thing is out of place on this record -- or if it is, it’ll come back round, simply exploring the outer regions of an all-powerful cosmic swirl. Lay Llamas continue to do the thing they do well and other bands would do well to be hypnotised by it.
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