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: The Utopia Strong might be the most unlikely combination of musical elements imaginable. Coil's Michael J. York, Kavus Torabi of Gong note, the vocals of Miranda Sex Garden's Katharine Blake (albeit rendered almost unrecognisable), a modular synth and, snooker god Steve Davis. But those who know the cue-wielding deity's reputation as a techno, soul, funk, jazz and progressive rock aficionado will understand this one has been a long time coming. So, what do the results sound like? Well, a mixed bag, but all otherworldly and surreal. "Konta Chorus" marries the whirring of machine loops with trippy guitar reverberations, timeless string arpeggios and hypnotic wind sections. "Brainsurgeons 3", running close to 11-minutes, is an epic space-age marriage of techno and sci-fi. Meanwhile, the appropriately named "Moonchild" closes the album out on lengthy refrains of disharmony and subtle, nymph-ish lyrical whispers. A trip and a half.