Review: Jolting, licking, riffing, rolling and almost definitely tripping out of their minds and into your ears, garage-psych heroes Oh Sees compliment their already-prolific track record for wonderfully brain-melting business with an expansive double offering. It's a world that's not for the weak-kneed, with stacks ready to make floors shudder beneath the thump of feet driven by commanding rhythms and pounding kicks. Perhaps best exemplified on the title track, the likes of "Gholu" explore similarly ferocious, neo-punk, almost-heavy metal territories, electric guitar strings screeching like crazed banshees. Elsewhere there's more hallucinatory avenues traversed, the otherworldly intro and infectious strut of "Poisoned Stones", "The Experimenter" and its funk-infused instrumentation- like Hendrix cameoing on some early-Chilli Peppers demo. Not that we didn't want to shoehorn references to Zappa, kraut and Primal Scream in here, too.
Review: It may only be January, but we already have a firm contender for time warp classic of 2017 here - this self-titled debut from Once & Future Band, somewhat contrary to their very name, is a veritable smorgasbord of sugary '70s prog-pop, indeed the kind of thing that Jeff Lynne continues to have fever dreams about to this very day. The harmonies here may bring to mind The Beach Boys, yet this meticulously constructed yet never precious album triumphs through its ability to conjure up an expansive and wonder-filled era of sonic grandstanding without ever sounding like tired retro pastiche. It's almost enough to have one wondering how that Jimmy Carter presidency will work out.
Review: While the disco treats of New Zealand group Orchestra Of Spheres having been around for almost a decade now - the released their first album in 2010 - it's only in 2018 with the release of Mirror do they draw such praise from the Guardian who have compared their style of funk to what came out of New York's post punk scene of the '80s. But there's more than that to what they do, with the band's hippy disposition taking in a frenetic array of genres like kwaito and shangaan electro ("Summer Fungus" & "Omni Omni") while more dancey pop numbers like "Chimes" and can be found alongside darker alternative indie cuts like "Ata", "Black & White" and it's 10-minute long opening title track. Orchestra Of Spheres' Mirror: take a look.