Friday, August 29, 2014

Psych Army/Crash Symbols ready Al Lover's 'Sacred Drugs'

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM

  • Courtesy Crash Symbols/Psych Army

If fuzzed-out, globetrotting psych is your bag, well buddy, you're in luck yet. The intergalactic folks at Psych Army are teaming up with West Virginia-based cassette label Crash Symbols (who released Carey's IV) for a heady new LP by Al Lover — the San Francisco producer best known for culling hypnotic grooves and freak-outs with vintage sonic accouterments.

The 14 tracks on the fittingly titled LP, Sacred Drugs, run the gamut of past, present, and future psychedelic music. "A view of the Earth From Space" looks to the Silver Apples' proto-space rock and Simeon's unmistakable bob of bass. To make a modern comparison, "Alchemical Heart" evokes the haunted warble of Broadcast's signature electronic psych pop while the swampy, coastal throb of "Nature's Tuning" isn't too far from Sun Araw's dub-heavy psych modes.

"Super Strength (Power Plants)," the first taste of the LP, updates the monotonic revelry of Can's driving kraut jams. Lover calls on fellow West coast psychonaut Morgan Delt for backup, together creating a sinister and seductive vibe that speaks to the shamanic infinities of Damo Suzuki, and trance-inducing soundtracks of Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay. Sacred Drugs will undoubtedly be a high point for psych music in 2014. Look for the album to drop Oct. 1, with Psych Army handling the vinyl edition.

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