I can’t believe that this is a debut album. What a fresh new take on Krautrock, with so many loving references to the pioneers of the genre (I spare you the name-dropping). I can’t remember when I freaked out like that over a krautrock release of the newer age. But let’s start from the beginning …
Psychic Lemon are a four piece band from Cambridge/UK. Their self titled album, their debut, as I already stated, comprises six songs and the overall playing time is about 40 minutes.
Disguised as a mixture of mainly Krautrock and Funk, spiced with a variety of stylistic elements, it is in truth a space adventure, a psychedelic, funkadelic, groovy trip.
The opener TiCkTok vaults you into space without warning. There’s just the take-off cloud of feedback sounds and a breathtakingly driving baseline carries you to unknown funky, jazzy, proggy, bluesy, krauty, groovy spacescapes or soundscapes, whatever, and they immediately captivate you and toss you around as they wish. Resistence is futile.
Death Cult Blues rescues you at first and wraps you softly in pastoral sounds, but just to hurl you into new spacescapes that explode like fireworks and constantly change and create new visions and moods. Effortlessly and organically they seem to expand into boundlessness. Yet there’s an invisible orbit, a tight structure that prevents the song from drifting apart and provides an inner cohesion. To me this song shows best the band’s great sense for the right balance of letting loose and keeping control. (Did I already mention, that I can hardly believe that this is a debut album?)
To catch your breath a bit Good Cop Bad Cop is a quite relaxed song. It’s very funky, jazzy and playful, but spacey at the same time and thus creates a kind of “spy movie” mood with a laid back groove and swing, still with a tense undertone and a straight, driving build up. There’s a bit of a “Lalo Shifrin soundtrack” feel here.
Analogue Summer is even more relaxed and the mood shifts again. A soft, soothing warm bass, slide gutar, melodic keyboard sounds, birdsong, all that radiates hot shimmering air and summer laziness, a laziness that has the slightly blurred vision of a lysergic dream, a psychedelic distortion, a drawn out “Dali warp”.
Dilator then wakes you from your lysergic dream with a powerful drive, but still this song is one to keep your mind at rest. It’s the most “easy listening” song (, if there is one on this album at all, it’s this one.) A grounded tight structure provides a break from all the exciting, exploding and intricate things that had been going on before and it prepares you for your way back home.
The last and longest song of the album, Horizon, is like the shorter way home on the side lane, recapitulating the journey, revisiting all the spacescapes from a distance, floating past them, still feeling the drive and the groove, to finally land back on mother earth with a last fuzzy freak-out.
Did I already mention, that I simply can’t believe that … okay, okay … So many inventive ideas here, the fresh combination of the various stylistic elements and such a great feel for the right balance and mix of them, of the different moods, of chaos and structure. And everything evolves like out of itself, as if it was all just the natural consequence. The musicians play off each other as if they had been playing together for decades …, at least! All this makes this album an absolute pleasure to listen to!
auf Deutsch …
Verkleidet als eine Mischung aus hauptsächlich Krautrock und Funk. gewürzt mit einer Vielzahl verschiedener stilistischer Elemente, ist es in Wahrheit ein Weltraumabenteuer, ein funkiger, grooviger, proggiger Spacetrip. …
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