The Upshot: Psychedelia that’s both phenomenal in scope and a challenging work of art, with elements of Medicine, GbV and Bevis Frond.
BY JONATHAN LEVITT
Fans of psychedelic music need look no further than the latest record from Lavender Flu, which is both phenomenal in scope and a challenging work of art. Lavender Flu, which is a home recording project by Chris Gunn (Hospitals) and a few cohorts, ekes out a space somewhere between a band like Medicine, with its wash of noise, and Guided by Voices, for its sheer variety and reverence to the ‘60s. This being a double album, there’s plenty of meat on the bone to devour and it really is a joy to wrap one’s head around music that is given a delightful free reign.
I’ve been looking forward to the day an album like this would come ‘round. The sonic space that’s hashed out on many of these tracks have obviously come about from some serious drug addled action. Occasionally ramshackle in nature, the music is the perfect complement to a couple of hits from the ol’ Graffix bong. Like a young Nick Salomon (Bevis Frond) sucking you into his world, while very different stylistically, the similarities are in the singular vision and the assuredness of the playing and the freedom to create a very distinct landscape, out of view, and so utterly distinctive that you can’t help but be caught up in its web (cue up Bevis Frond’s Inner Marshland).
If I had to mention one track out of the 30 tracks, I would choose “Lay In The Sun” as the perfect embodiment of everything this album has to offer. It’s a narcotic, hazy, rumbling, euphoric mess of a song that has elements of both the Velvets and Jesus and The Mary Chain. Now if only I had a turntable here in China I’d gladly swap out my MP3s for the real deal on LP. With this early January title, 2016 indeed started off on a really great note.
DOWNLOAD: “Those That Bend”, “Fingers Like Wounds”, “Telepathic Axe”, “Lay In The Sun”