Posts Tagged ‘Free Psych’

Mythic Sunship – “Maelstrom”

Wasn’t expecting another burner out of Mythic Sunship this soon after their unstoppable Another Shape of Psychedelic Music and live set from Roadburn, Changing Shapes. The double shot established the band as a force in free rock — moving between psychedelia, metal, and free jazz with a mercurial ease. The secret to their more recent burn has been the addition of sax player Søren Skov, whose untethered skronk pushes the band’s titanium-hammered heaviness into a zone that’s more erratic and yet laser-focused in its approach to smashing the senses. I’m a bit surprised to see the band wander from their home at El Paraiso Records, as the Danish label has been almost synonymous with the Copenhagen quartet, but the release of Wildfire on April 2nd sees the band popping up Stateside with Tee Pee records on the sleeve. From the sounds of the immense, 10+ minute first taste of “Maelstrom,” this one doesn’t seem like the band is lessening their hold on the hammer anytime soon.



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Sunburned Hand of the Man – “Flex”

There may be few freer flowing catalogs than that of Sunburned Hand of the Man. The longstanding Northeast collective have long kept the candle burning on free psych in the new age, letting out a steady stream of CDrs, cassettes, and limited digital ephemera in the name of digging into the deep scatological burn of psychedelic fallout that lives and dies in the room. The band breathes a noxious exhalation of groove battered funk, jazz-wrenched psych, and noise scuttled concrete. The lucky takes find their way imprinted onto tape for preservation on the shelves of those who’ve already felt the call of the cosmic and are keeping tabs. They are totems that aren’t often easy to come by. Last year the band pulled out of a longtime vinyl drought to slip out an excellent LP for Cardinal Fuzz. Headless hit like a second coming, hammering in everything that kept the band vital over the years and packed it onto a platter that was woefully here and gone before too many hands could feel the heat. It was their first LP since 2010’s A on the long shuttered, but much missed Ecstatic Peace, but this time they don’t make the wanting wait too long between records. The band announces a follow-up today as part of Three Lobed’s 20th anniversary series.

Pick A Day To Die leads off with the slinking kosmiche coil of “Flex,” finding the band cleaning up their corners with a tightly wound flash of liquid-skinned guitar propelled by a groove that owes its blood to a few German Progressive forefathers. Shot through with a mercury-melted pulse, the song sets out some high expectations for the next round of Sunburned singe. The band is ever elusive on the details that birthed this batch, but the band’s Ron Schneiderman sets it up with an ominous air. –

“Sources say: you need to get the fuck in a car and drive.
Like, get way gone. Crime-solving spree style.
Did we tell you about the time everything changed?
We will not even pretend that things are okay.
Ride with this hope and welcome the collapse.”

Pick A Day To Die is out March 12th from Three Lobed. Nab one of the limited LPs below as part of their essential new anniversary series.


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