Review: Here be monsters. Less than twelve months after their debut on Ty Segall's God? Label, this bunch of LA-based miscreants have delivered a punishing and potent sermon of super-heavy psyched-out garage rock that effortlessly sidesteps the more yawnsome cliches of recent times in favour of an incandescent assault of speaker-blowing riffage and cosmically-aligned songcraft that is as damaged by Melvins and Electric Wizard as it is by the Flaming Lips and the aforementioned Mr. Segall. Equally adept with both glam-tinged melody and black-cloud ampstack dementia, 'Golem' is a wild ride to starry oblivion.
Review: Spearheading Bristol-based psych and art-rock outfit Yama Warashi is Japanese artist Yoshino Shigihara. The name of the band translated to English means something along the lines of 'small child-like spirit which lives in the mountains' and Boiled Moon presents the group's second album following the equally celestial Moon Egg. The music delivers in equal parts worldly selections of folk, rock, synth and vocal expressions with "Jyomon Doki Doki" in particular reminiscent of classic Battles' track "Atlas". The album is a lovely walk through a psychedelic landscape of cosmic sensibilities and abstract pop that will most likely have you rushing to find your Yellow Magic Orchestra records soon after.