24 Apr 2018
As announced last month we are excited to bring you a new album by Lay Llamas called 'Thuban' which is released on 15 June.
The band have just revealed the video for the second single to be taken from the album, the track is called 'Holy Worms' and you can watch it above.
See what Rolling Stone says about it here: Rolling Stone Italia
The digital single also comes with an amazing b-side, a remix of the Lay Llamas track 'Silver Sun' by Negra Branca, which is Marlene Ribeiro from GNOD's solo project. This is the first remix she has ever done – listen to it here: 'Negra Branca remix of Silver Sun'
You can also stream both tracks on Spotify & Apple Music
Or buy a digital download from here: Bandcamp
'Thuban' is released on 15 June and the album features contributions from Goat, The Pop Group's Mark Stewart and Clinic. The 8 track album album is the brainchild of Nicola Giunta, and involved as many of twelve different musicians yet with Nicola writing lyrics, singing, producing, mixing and recording at his home, whilst utilising new instruments from marimba to sax to kalimba to pilot this craft to dimensions unknown. The result has been a step beyond the kraut-damaged psychedelic mantras of 'Østro' into a realm seemingly without boundaries, one in which a pan-global fascination with rhythmic hypnosis and an unquenchable experimental zeal manifests hermetically-aligned revelations aplenty.
The album is released on LP and CD and you can preorder the ltd orange/black swirl from us here: Bandcamp
23 Apr 2018
Lay Llamas have put together a 'Looking for Thuban' Spotify playlist.
Nicola from the band has said this about it:
"This is a selection of the favourite things I’ve listened too during the last couple of years or something, during the time I worked on the ‘Thuban’ album."
Sleeve image designed by Nicola Giunta
One of the latest arrivals to Rocket’s new breed is the psych ‘supergroup’ MIEN comprising members from bands such as The Black Angels and The Horrors, from its lineage alone, I knew this would be a record with a lot of promise.
‘Earth Moon’ opens the album with a nostalgic revival of classic sixties psychedelia; spangled, starry-eyed sounds and almost Syd Barrett-esque lyricisms ooze lysergic bliss and a kickback calm akin to a sunny afternoon. ‘Black Habit’ and ‘(I’m Tired of) Western Shouting’ join the album effortlessly. I feel like this is almost by the numbers psych but, it’s done so well, that realistically, it’d be a lot more accurate to describe it as exemplary psych music. I find it interesting that after so long of releasing bands that sound like they’re from some narcotically tolerable dystopia exploring the future of psych, Rocket now have band that feels like they’ve been gestating in a bunker for decades until the world was ready for their spooky take on a vintage psychedelic atmosphere. Their music feels like a warped reworking of Roger Corman’s The Trip or Easy Rider...
Read the rest here: E&D
BONNACONS OF DOOM opened up Sunday of our Rocket Twenty event with this amazing performance.
See what The Quietus say about it here: The Quietus
You can preorder their amazing debut album of LTD Acid Splatter vinyl with diecut/mirrorboard sleeve here: Bandcamp
I've never experienced real psychological internment, real torment that cannot be controlled simply by shaking yourself free of a nightmare. Gnod's latest Chapel Perilous is music that prosecutes mind, body and soul, and banishes all thoughts of a utopian existence. There is no reversion of the soul from darkness to light. At times throughout the body of this opus, I felt physically sick, and I'm not referring to ugliness of sound, but a horrible disquiet which found its gestation in the mid three tracks. Music that imprisoned me, like some abomination I conjured in my darkest moments, when even my sharpest instincts for survival were found wanting.
The book-ended tracks on Chapel Perilous share some of the same malevolence, but by unique perversion, the unmistakably hedonistic metal riffs released as their zenith are very much of this physical world, and not the world occupied by 'A Body' for instance. That is, insular, diabolical, the sound of being permanently alone.
I was going to struggle for words to describe Chapel Perilous, so I decided to allow myself a stream of consciousness. I'm speaking from the position of incapacity to describe the music. All I can describe is how it made me feel. What I can say, what I'm able to say, is that there is music here to contemplate for quite some time. What parts of Chapel Perilous I found particularly awesome, the extraordinary riffs on “Donovan's Daughters” and the humorously titled “Uncle Frank Says Turn It Down”, are telegraphed really generously, like 'relief is coming lads, just hold in there' ...
Read the full review here: Soundblab
Liverpool based Bonnacons of Doom have this week presented the second track to come from their hotly anticipated debut LP to be released on Rocket Recordings on 18th May. The track called ‘Argenta’ is some ten minutes long on the album, and so the have released an edited five minute version as a teaser.
Recorded at Suburban Home studios by Hookworms frontman MJ, this recorded incarnation of Bonnacons of Doom arcane conjury operates stubbornly free of genre, sashaying alongside psychrock, repetitive drone and electronic experimentation whilst consumed by a devotional intensity that’s multiplied by the transcendental echolalia of vocalist Kate.
‘Argenta’ is mesmerizingly beautiful, with haunting vocal melodies, a repetitive drone undercurrent and lashings of fuzzy guitars which tickle all the right senses.
Read the piece here: Backseat Mafia
Soundblab and Psych Insight give rave reviews for Flowers Must Die's new self released 2xLP 'Där Blommor Dör'
All right, set the controls for the heart of the Swedish psychedelic sun. This one is psych-prog-folk sonic bliss from start to finish.
Oh, the first tune, “Gör Det Inte” is a bit of a brunt force, nine minutes plus of fairly free-form psych-jazz. They say the takeoff is the toughest part of any space shot. And this one’s a tough launch. But after several plays, the tune reveals its deep-fired melodies. This one rambles and rumbles with wah-wah guitars, Lars Hofften’s pounding percussion, some sort of lovely insanity, deviant rock ‘n’ roll, a violin, weird keyboards, and a melodic foot on the gas pedal.
Then things slow a bit with “Gömma.” This is violin led (almost) folk psych that lays its heavy load with some sort of Swedish ancestral wisdom. Lisa Ekelund’s vocals haunt the dark back history of the tune...
Read the rest of the 10/10 review here: Soundblab
As is my usual way of doing things I listened to this wide and sprawling double album through before reading anything about it. My first reaction was simply: ‘wow’. This felt to me like the sort of record that was going to get played a lot (I immediately pre-ordered a copy) over a long period of time. What’s more I very much felt like it was going to be one of those albums that was going to grow and mature in my head as time progressed. It was with some surprise, then, that on reading the press release on this album I found that these were tracks that had been recorded over a ten year period covering a number of different band line-ups. Unbelievably some tracks here never really made it onto the band’s previous albums.
What this album is actually doing, it seems to me, is drawing a line under what has gone before by bringing together a series of tracks that both complement each other and reflect Flowers Must Die’s development to date. It is also the last release on band member Rikard Daun’s label ‘rev/vega records’… so there is a real sense of moving on here. As such I would not recommend that anyone judge this album against the group’s previous release ‘Kompost‘, which was one of my favourites of last year, not because it is inferior… rather that it is coming from a different place and time...
Read the rest here: Psych Insight