Mystic 100’s – “On A Micro Diet”


Been excited about this record since I saw a “working on new stuff” post last summer from Mystic 100s (Milk Music). The Northwest band has been away so long its hard to remember how deep their 2017 album cut, but it remains an untouchable gem from the late twenty teens. The band has jettisoned the name Milk Music, adopting the title of said 2017 album as their new emblem, moving forward into a deeper headspace that’s marked by a dedication to acid and earworms, longform jams and parallel consciousness excursions into the ether. A lot can happen to a band in six years, and the mark of time is apparent on the title track “On A Micro Diet.” The song is as shaggy and cosmic as the band has ever sounded, shaving away much of their ‘90s indie touchstones in favor of Ash Ra Tempel and Gong headiness. An edge remains among the nebulous extensions, though. The song kicks in with a gnarled Crazy Horse grind, balancing their outer reach ripples with a bedrock of grit. I always respect opening up an album with a ten-minute brain scrape and this one is a killer. The new album, On a Micro Diet, is out March 31st. Get ready!

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