As the UK sadly prepares to wave goodbye to Europe it is to other shores we go and specifically Denmark to look at a pair of latest releases from the small but perfectly formed El Paraiso label.
Launched in 2011 by Jonus Munk and Jakob Skøtt it is a direct outlet for their psych rock band Causa Sui as well as acts and projects that “are related in spirit”, according to their website. It is also “all about eco-friendly high quality vinyl”, the website adds.
The label now has a small coterie of diverse and dynamic noisemakers including Papir, Sun River, Brian Ellis Group and Monarch amongst others.
The first of the two latest releases that have impressed us is Third Sight by Landing, from New Haven, Connecticut, who have been creating undulating hypnotic walls of ambient sound for the last two decades.
Third Sight has four relatively long tracks in which they take you on a leisurely stroll through the gardens of your mind. These soundscapes are delicate washes of electronica where gentle rhythmic beats appear slowly out of the mist and languidly morph into solid forms before dissipating back into the electronic ether before you can say ‘Brian Eno, peace be upon him’.
This is never more evident than on the superb opening track Delusion Sound, which over the space of thirteen minutes becomes a transcendent life affirming piece of work, with a gentle riff and barely heard voices. It is one of the best things I’ve heard all year and is almost equalled by the 14 minute Morning Sun. More trippyness than you can shake a stick at.
While Landing are a gentle breeze, Mythic Sunship, who specialise in melting your brain with instrumental jams that ricochet around your brain like a cranial pinball machine, are a howling gale.
On Mythic Sunship’s latest release Ouroboros there are three huge tracks of paint stripping guitar heaviness, deeply mesmeric and tremendously exciting. None more so than the suitably titled Behemoth, which clocks in at a head spinning 24 minutes.
Think a more restrained Acid Mothers, a more tuneful Samsara Blues Experiment, and a more contemporary Spacemen 3, mix them all up, add an extra bucketful of fuzz and voila… a deliciously heavy banquet of a debut album.
By John Haylock