Rokurokubi – “Iris, Flower of Violence”


Seeping out of the Brighton psych scene, the second album from Rokurokubi is on its way out this week and like fellow friends and collaborators Wax Machine, the duo excels at nailing the damp, mossy psychedelic sound that seems to sometimes get lost in newer iterations of the lysergic germ these days. With an overt air of necromancy surrounding the album, Rokurokubi dredge the dark undercurrents of psych-folk and bring them bubbling to the surface. The album’s title cut is branded with smells of burnt bone and incense, a cut that’s only just eked out by the epic “Katie Levitating” for the most apocalyptic of the bunch. The song builds to peaks and dissipates into smoke, hiding and haunting the listener again and again. I truly enjoy a band that seems to enjoy the trappings of psychedelia this much and in their care, the song makes good on the full promise of the tag Acid Folk. The full album is out this Friday, June 18th from UK label Time Spun Records.

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