Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FOUR NEW ROCK LPs

FUZZ - S/T LP (In The Red
Ty Segall's solo works and his collaborations with Mikal Cronin and White Fence have been focused on influences from the 60s. With Fuzz Ty Segall steps forward into the 70s. And as if that was not enough he sits behind the drums and doesn't play the guitar. San Francisco based trio Fuzz dishes up a heavy dose of tough as nails hardrock. Their selftitled debut album balances between straight blasting protopunk, hook-filled rock and jam-oriented instrumental elements. The focus is on the loud fuzzy guitar with it's mixture of heavy riffs, incredible solos and central melodies. Ty Segall's typical harmonic vocal style is supplemented by a slight Ozzy influence. His drumming and the whole rhythm section give the songs a sleazy killer groove. The eight ferocious, and unpolished tracks recall a kind of music from the 70s, that later paved the way for the development of both punk and metal. If they had showed up fourty years earlier, Fuzz would have made a cozy addition to the Bonehead Crunchers compilations. A total banger! (Listen to it here)

GONGA - CONCRESCENCE LP (Tonehedge)
Just take a look at the band-photo on which the band jams on sandy terrain and you can already guess this could probably be a stoner-rock album. But it's a mistake to believe, that UK based trio Gonga only recalls the classic sound of Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Queens Of The Stone Age. Instead, they've developed their own more jam-oriented style. Their extented instrumental tunes are based on a large variety of different influences ranging from typical slow and heavy stoner riffs to the ferocity of classic rock and the complexness of metal. "Concrescence" is full of amazing guitar-riffs and brilliant solo parts, the rhythm section provides a crushing groove and everyone in the band is really comfortable with their instruments. There is no darkness here, just super large riffs and melodies unfurled with taste and power. "Concrescence" is a complex and fresh record, that sounds a bit like stoner version of post-rock. Very nice! (Listen to it here)

THE OSCILLATION - FROM TOMORROW LP (All Time Low)
"From Tomorrow" is already the third full lenght by United Kingdom's space rockers The Oscillation. On the surface the group shows strong simililarities to the mainstream psych-rock of Black Mountain, The Black Angels and Wooden Shjips. But behind the fat production and it's slight mass appeal they provide more than just a pure imitation of the previous mentioned bands. With metronomic rhythms, repetitive groove, spaced out guitars and rasping epics, the record achieves an experimental, hypnotic sound. Even if The Oscillation don't forget to add their own personal note it is impossible not to think of Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Spacemen 3 while listening to this album. Loud wobbling guitars and warm, earthy sounds are paired with deep drone-psych and some middle-eastern influences. Despite all the spacieness The Oscillation keep things straightforward and only a few songs turn into epic psychedelic trips. Without doubt, this album stands out from the modern wave of boring psych-rock clones. (Listen to it here)

PURLING HISS - PAISLEY MONTAGE LP (Richie)
In contrast to their previous "Water On Mars" full lenght this records represents the kind of music and lo-fi production Philadelphia's Purling Hiss have previously been best known for. "Paisley Montage" was originally a tour-only cassette release. The songs were recorded in several basements over the course of 2007-2011. The LP features the bands most difficult to acces recordings so far. The a-side is titled "guitar damage" and consists of three parts. The first one is the most typical Purling Hiss song here and the only one with vocals. This track sounds like it could have been taken from their "Public Service Announcement" masterpiece, because it offers the same mixture of blown out protopunk and 90s Dinosaur Jr indie-rock pop sensibility. "Guitar Damage" part two and three are weird experimental fragments made with modified guitar sounds. The five parts of "Paisley Dommage" on the b-side sound like several different unfinished ideas with a musical spectrum ranging from experimental jamming to warm drone sounds and more structured 70s rock. Mike Polizze's extend guitar destruction is the main event of this weird piece of vinyl and that's enough to make "Paisley Montage" another great Purling Hiss album. (Listen to it here)