King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are an incredibly prolific band. Every now and then, they release a crap album like Infest The Rats’ Nest, which is bad metal as far as I’m concerned. Some of their fans like that. Fair enough. This album, however, shows them peaking as a band who can mix prog, psych, boogie rock and some pretty damn good, if weird, songwriting into a coherent bit of listening. I’m happy to have this one in my collection.
[Music] Flowers Must Die – Montana / Nusrat EP
The freaks at Höga Nord Rekords release yet another monstrously good EP, this time from Sweden’s mighty neo-Kraut rockers Flowers Must Die. There are pulses and waves of heavy psych that remind one of Amon Düül II and Guru Guru. Lovely stuff.
[Music] VI!VI!VI! – II
Many thanks to Audion Magazine legend Alan Freeman for turning me on to this heavy French band who have Faust and La STPO connections. Very loud, and definitely acolytes of Faust!
[Music] คณะ เบียร์บูด/Khana Bierbood – คนแปลกหน้าจากดินแดนบูรพา/Strangers from the far east
This one sure as hell isn’t an ethnographic recording. It’s more along the lines of good, old-fashioned acid-psych. Start with the name of the band, for instance. Khana Bierbood translates as Strange Brew in Thai, and you can hear the heavy cosmic vibes throughout this record. What adds an extra notch to its cool factor is that it was produced by Go Kurosawa of Kikagaku Moyo, perhaps the best psychedelic folk band to come of Japan since Masaki Batoh’s Ghost. I wonder what other monsters Thailand is hiding musically?