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Fvzz Popvli Release Debut Single; Euro Tour Set for May

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 16th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

The fuzz of the people! History counsels healthy skepticism when it comes to anything taking on the tag ‘populi,’ but to say the least, the newcomer Roman trio seem to have brought enough fuzz for everybody. Their debut single, “Lost in Time” — for which you can see the lyrics below, sent as they were down the PR wire — is up now as a name-your-price download through Bandcamp, and both a first EP and a 10-date first European tour seem set to arrive in May, and the three-piece features guitarist/vocalist Pootchie (not to be confused, or maybe to be confused, I don’t really know, with the Simpsons character), who also made a full-length debut last year as a member of Beesus (review here).

In any case, “Lost in Time” gives Queens of the Stone Age-style riffing a garage-minded kick in the pants, and if you’ve got a couple minutes, you can get a sampling of it below. Social media presence is nil, but I also included the link to their Bandcamp, in case you’d like to read all the same stuff there as well.

Like thus:

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FVZZ POPVLI – Lost in Time

Established in Rome under the will of three potheads… FvzzPopvli: a brand new trio with musicians coming from different experiences, with an addiction for heavy fuzzy riffs from the Black Sabbath era till the Palm Desert Scene, playing with a garage attitude in a heavy psych mood! The band is ready to promote their first single “Lost In TIme”, wich is actually an exclusive for Bandcamp with an up to you download. The upcoming “EP” is composed of five roaring songs, to quench your thirst of fuzzy and fat sounds!

Lost In Time, by FVZZ POPVLI

Lost In Time by FVZZ POPVLI, released 09 February 2017 Lets get high in the sky, no more sight to try, when you’re in the sky everything will be alright, high in the sky you’re not gonna die, when you feel alright, can you? let’s ride! Are you ready ready to take the flight? Are you ready, ready for the sky? Are you ready? I’m lost in time, are you ready… I, im gonna fly, i fly so high, i bet the skyyyy. Are you lost in time? Now you see me blind! Are you lost at home! And you feel it before! Are you ready, you’re not gonna die! Are you ready, you gonna ride!

FVZZ POPVLI ARE:
POOTCHIE – Guitar and Voice (BEESUS,The Wisdoom)
DATIO PALATIO – Bass (The Anthony’s Vinyls)
GLVE-Drums (TOOT)

RELEASE DATE EP TBA IN MAY

EUROPEAN TOUR FROM 04.05.2017 TO 14.05.2017

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Fvzz Popvli, “Lost in Time”

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Otus to Release 7.83Hz March 20 on Argonauta Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

If a three-part concept record feels like an ambitious rollout for a full-length debut, you’re right, it is. Roman post-metallers Otus issued 7.83Hz last year, digitally and as a gorgeously-packaged, limited run of CDs. On March 20, they’ll follow-through with a pressing via Argonauta Records, whose diverse roster only continues to expand at a rate with which it’s nigh on impossible to keep pace. 7.83Hz tops an unmanageable 77 minutes in its original form, and one doesn’t imagine it’s been pared down for this reissue, but as you can hear in the Bandcamp stream below, Otus have a lot of ground to cover in that time and, well, sometimes swallowing your listeners whole takes a while. Needless to say, much crushing ensues.

Info follows, culled from Argonauta and Otus‘ Bandcamp page:

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Italian Doom Sludgers OTUS reveal cover artwork and first single from their forthcoming album.

Born in 2012, OTUS takes elements of post-metal/sludge bands as Isis and Cult of Luna, passing through the Black Sabbath’s doom up to the experimental music of Tool, Om and Sunn O))). The band enrich their sound playing ethnic instruments, building their own synthesizers, chanting mantras and taking particular care of their visual and symbolic identity, from poster art to visual projections.

7.83Hz is a concept album divided in 3 chapters and inspired by Timothy Leary’s quote: Turn on, Tune in, Drop Out.

This musical journey intends to be more empirical and scientific rather than religious/orthodox, showing a possible way to reach the “Doors of Perception”, to tune in with the Universe and finally to reach a lucid detachment.

The conscious “Emptiness” reached through spiritual practices such as meditation and recitation of mantra, takes shape in the 70 minutes of musical solutions contained in this record, reaching their fulcrum at the frequency of 7.83 HZ also known as “Buddha’s frequency”. Surprisingly, when analyzing the frequencies given in response by an electroencephalogram of a person in deep meditation (Alpha & Theta waves), it turns out the coincidence that the earth’s magnetic field happens to be also 7.83 HZ as discovered by the German physicist Winfried Otto Schumann.

If meditation is a way to tune in with what surrounds us, Schumann’s resonance frequency seems to emphasize this concept even more and make it concrete.

OTUS “7.83Hz” will be available in two editions: limited digipack CD with exstensive graphic and digisleeve CD. To be released by Argonauta Records and available from March 20th, 2017.

Preorders run here:
DIGICD LTD: http://bit.ly/2k71ueN
DIGISLEEVE CD: http://bit.ly/2k7Bpr2

TRACKLIST:
1. Avidya
2. Last of the Four
3. Echoes and Evocations
4. Phurba
5. Theta Synchrony
6. 7.83Hz
7. Black Lotus
8. Alpha Phase
9. Res Cogitans, Res Extensa

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http://otus783.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/Otus7.83Hz
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Otus, 7.83 Hz (2016/2017)

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Rhino Post “Grey” Video; New Album The Law of Purity out Now

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Yesterday marked the official release date of the first Rhino album, The Law of Purity. Issued via Argonauta Records, it finds the Italian five-piece — who are not to be confused with the Spanish sludge-crushers who operated for a time under the same name before switching to Horn of the Rhino and ultimately disbanding — marching head-on into the sandy sounds of desert rock accompanied by just a bit of grunge’s thicker dirt-cake.

Listening to “Grey,” for which the band took to their rehearsal space to craft the video you can see below, one hears the still-laid-back push of Kyuss and/or Unida and undertones of more aggressive fare. Following up their 2013 self-titled EP, it’s from this foundation that Rhino seem to be staking their sonic claim.

Fair enough. They had some lineup shifts after the EP came out, as noted below, so The Law of Purity — let’s just assume they’re talking about beer — is a debut in more than one respect, but there’s nothing in what I’ve heard of it might be called flailing. With a fervent rhythmic drive and straightforward port of their influences, they set themselves on a path toward future growth and belt out a couple kickass chorus in the meantime. Nothing wrong with that from where I sit.

And true to the abiding lack of frills, the video for “Grey” is pretty straightforward as well. It’s the band in what seems to be their jam room playing through the song. There’s some other footage spliced in, and various parts are run through effects one way or another — watery here, made to look like a security camera there — but the star of the thing is the song itself, which is probably how it should be for something like this, where, you know, the song stands up.

More background follows the clip below, courtesy of Argonauta.

Please enjoy:

Rhino, “Grey” official video

The official music video for RHINO’s song “Grey”, taken from the studio album “The Law Of Purity” out on February 13th 2017 via Argonauta Records.

Rhino is a combo from Catania, that mixes elements of 70s and 80s hard rock, filtered by a common fascination for 90s desert stoner rock and the sulfurous influence of the Etna volcano.

The band was formed in 2012 by bassist Frank ‘The Door’ and Guitarist ‘Red Frank’. They were immediately joined by the drummer ‘Lord J. Frank’. After a couple of lineup changes, and the departure of guitarist ‘Frank Sinutre’ at the beginning of 2015, the band found its balance with the inclusion of two new members: singer Frank ‘The Doc’ and guitarist Frank ‘Real Tube’.

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Humulus Post Album Details for Reverently Heading into Nowhere

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

After locking in releases through Oak Island Records and Taxi Driver Records for the LP and CD pressings, respectively, Italian heavy rockers Humulus have newly unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for their forthcoming second full-length, Reverently Heading into Nowhere. Those who’ve followed the band will note it’s of an animalized theme with their prior EP, 2015’s Electric Warlrus (review here), and their 2012 self-titled debut album before that, but to take it one step further, we can see the quote below from drummer Massimiliano Boventi potentially coming to fruition in the tracklisting itself.

My basis for comparison there is the fact that HumulusHumulus — now five years old — had nine songs and Reverently Heading into Nowhere, which is out March 24, tops out at six. Entirely possible the record’s just shorter overall, but in light of what Boventi says about following-up the EP, I’d expect it means the cuts themselves are somewhat longer, allowing for that more psychedelic feel to take hold. Boris from Monkey3 showing up for a guest spot is also a pretty good sign of that direction.

Either way, we’ve got a while to go before we find out, but you can check out the art and so forth below:

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Humulus – Reverently Heading into Nowhere

Release date is fixed for 24th march (vinyl and digital for Oak Island Records and CD for Taxi Driver Records). The vinyl will be in transparent green and white w/ pink/purple splatter, strictly limited.

Tracklisting:
1- Distant Deeps Or Skies
2- Catskull
3- Anachronaut (feat Boris from Monkey3)
4- The Gold Rush
5- The Great Hunt
6- Rama Kushna

First gigs:
14th april @ Lio Bar (Brescia, Italy)
17th april @ Clock Tower Pub (Treviglio – BG, Italy)

“So… the new record is recorded at Indiebox Music Hall in Brescia,” says Massimiliano Boventi, “and all the tracks are passed into an analog tape before been mixed and mastered. These new six tracks are the spontaneous sequel of the sound of our last EP (went out last year). Humulus sound becomes more and more a mix between psychedelic dispositions and heavier doom stuffs.”

Andrea Van Cleef: guitar, voice
Giorgio Bonacorsi: bass
Massimiliano Boventi: drums

www.facebook.com/humulusband
www.humulus.bandcamp.com
www.taxidriverstore.com
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Humulus, Electric Walrus EP (2015)

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Humulus Confirm Spring Release for Reverently Heading into Nowhere

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 27th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Italian trio Humulus have locked in a CD release for their upcoming second album, Reverently Heading into Nowhere, through Taxi Driver Records. Set for this Spring, the CD will coincide with a vinyl through Kozmik Artifactz-distributed imprint Oak Island Records, and it follows Humulus‘ 2015 EP, Electric Walrus (review here), on which they blended organ-laced ’90s-style alternative sensibilities with harder push on songs like “Glider” and incorporated psychedelic vibing on the extended opener “Red Star, Winter Orbit.”

What that means they might do on the record, well, I suppose it could go any number of ways. We’ll just have to see when we get there. This one’s been in discussion for a while at this point, so it’s good to see some forward progress.

From the PR wire:

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TDREC new release: Humulus in CD

Taxi Driver Records announces the release of the CD version for the new album titled “Reverently Heading Into Nowhere” by Italian psych-stoner power trio Humulus in Spring 2017.

Humulus formed in Brescia/Bergamo (Italy) in 2009. After the release of their first album in 2012, cool collaborations as the production of their eponymous black stoner IPA brewed from 2014 together with ELAV Independent Brewery, the release of an EP in 2015 and many live shows, the band is very proud of this new work which sounds greatly psychedelic and heavy. LP version of “Reverently Heading Into Nowhere” will be curated by German label Oak Island Records.

Cover artwork and tracklist will be revealed in the next weeks.

“So… the new record is recorded at Indiebox Music Hall in Brescia,” says Massimiliano Boventi, “and all the tracks are passed into an analog tape before been mixed and mastered. These new six tracks are the spontaneous sequel of the sound of our last EP (went out last year). Humulus sound becomes more and more a mix between psychedelic dispositions and heavier doom stuffs.”

Andrea Van Cleef: guitar, voice
Giorgio Bonacorsi: bass
Massimiliano Boventi: drums

www.facebook.com/humulusband
www.humulus.bandcamp.com
www.taxidriverstore.com
www.taxidriverstore.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/oakislandrecords/

Humulus, Electric Walrus EP (2015)

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Pater Nembrot Premiere “Architeuthis” Video; Nusun Vinyl out Now

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 24th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

After issuing their third album through Go Down Records earlier last year on CD/DL, Italian cosmic grungers Pater Nembrot oversaw in December a vinyl release through Vincebus Eruptum Recordings for Nusun (review here). It was their first record in five years since 2011’s Sequoia Seeds (review here), and a welcome, warm-toned arrival to be sure. The track “Architeuthis,” at a whopping 10 minutes and boasting a guest appearance from Christian Peters of Samsara Blues Experiment on synth, was the longest cut on Nusun and a definite highlight, capturing the vibe of the whole album and giving the four-piece of guitarist/vocalist Philip Leonardi, guitarist Ramona March, bassist Jack Pasghin and drummer Clarence Casoni room to flesh out their sound.

They, of course, took fluid advantage of the opportunity. You don’t get the full 10-minute sprawl in the video version of “Architeuthis,” but as you’ll see and hear below, that’s still plenty enough time for the song’s resonant hook to embed itself in your brain. Like the track itself, the clip — directed by Pietro Bondi — blends the real and the unreal, and trips out performance footage and a narrative from Leonardi as music, visuals and storyline all meet. It’s molten, it’s immersive, it’s psychedelic, but the underlying structure proves effective as well — hence that part about the hook — and it’s in setting the two sides forth together that Pater Nembrot make their impact, here as well as on Nusun in its entirety.

The LP is pressed in limited numbers and available through Vincebus Eruptum now, and Pater Nembrot are looking to book Spring/Summer festival dates — they note they’re available — so look for more to come throughout 2017, but if you haven’t yet been introduced to Nusun, this is a good way to go and I’m glad to be able to host the premiere.

Check out Pater Nembrot‘s “Architeuthis” below, followed by more info on its making, and please enjoy:

Pater Nembrot, “Architeuthis” official video

Architeuthis is a song written by PATER NEMBROT featured in NUSUN, the 3rd official album of the band, released in cd/mp3 by Go Down Records on February 2016 and recently reissued on vinyl on December 2016 by Vincebus Eruptum Records. Architeuthis is the most representative track of the album “NUSUN” and it’s been chosen to be the soundtrack of the videoclip filmed and directed by Pietro Bondi, a young Italian videomaker and photographer, on a story by Philip Leonardi.

THE STORY
As long as the song is about Nimrod, the architect of the Babel Tower, the video tells a weird story that unravel itself around one of the most popular communication form of our time: photography. A 70’s head has some bad sleeping and after his tired awakening, he picks his cam-era up and drives fast to his dark chamber, where something wicked this way comes.

THE OCCASION
This video has been published to celebrate and promote the release of the Vinyl version of NUSUN, strongly suported by Vincebus Eruptum Records: “Pater Nembrot are a great band and great friends of mine since 2009… I always work with friends for my label – says Davidew, owner at VER – and to publish Nusun is a way to enforce our friendship”. The LP printed in 300 limited copies (200 purple, 100 transparent blue) features all the electric songs of the album digital version plus a download code that allows the full download of the whole tracklist and it’s available online on the official VER shop here: http://vincebuseruptum.bigcartel.com/product/pater-nembrot-nusun-in-cludes-association-fee-donation

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Doctor Cyclops Release Local Dogs March 31

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 24th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Any number of bands make boogie rock records every day. You want to commit? Get frickin’ Bill Steer to play on the thing. Yeah, I know he’s been grinding out the last few years in the reunited Carcass, and that’s awesome, but when he was in Firebird, that band was absolutely incredible, and one imagines it’s that kind of I’m-just-gonna-softshoe-while-I-play-this-awesome-’70s-lead vibe that he brings to Doctor Cyclops‘ upcoming third album, Local Dogs.

Local Dogs follows 2014’s Oscuropasso (discussed here) and will be the Italian outfit’s first full-length on Heavy Psych Sounds. The label posted copious details on the record — and of course it will have more to offer than the Steer guest appearance; though he gets a showing per side — as well as the striking cover art, ahead of the preorders for the CD and LP, which start next month.

Goes like this:

doctor cyclops local dogs

Doctor Cyclops unveil details about upcoming album “Local Dogs” on Heavy Psych Sounds.

DOCTOR CYCLOPS New album “Local Dogs”
Out March 31st on Heavy Psych Sounds
– Presales start on February 24th –

Amazing artwork by Rise Above (Marcello Crescenzi)

Released in:
Black Vinyl
Clear Blue Ltd Vinyl
Cd
Digital

Northern Italy’s cold woods are set to unleash their fieriest beast, with ’70s power trio DOCTOR CYCLOPS returning with their blistering third album “Local Dogs” this March on Heavy Psych Sounds.

DOCTOR CYCLOPS haven’t stood idle since their latest album “Oscuropasso” (World In Sound 2014), slowly but surely rustling up their heaviest and most accomplished project to date. This new full-length entitled “Local Dogs” is an explosive mixture of ’70s heavy rock, NWOBHM and doomier Sabbath-style riffage, ready to take you back to a different era. Groovy riffs and gloomy paths coming straight from the woods feel like the epic saga of the ’70s is truly likely to continue its course. In this context, the appearance of Bill Steer (Carcass, Firebird, Gentlemans Pistols) on lead guitar tastes like the icing on top of a tempting cake.

TRACK LISTING:
SIDE A
1. Lonely Devil
2. D.I.A.
3. Stardust (w/ Bill Steer)
4. Epicurus
5. Wall Of Misery
SIDE B
1. King Midas
2. Stanley The Owl
3. Druid Samhain (w/ Bill Steer)
4. Witch’s Tale
5. Witchfinder General

DOCTOR CYCLOPS is a power trio delivering a blistering heavy rock rejuvenating the legacy of the ’70s and early ’80s. The band formed in 2007 in a small village in the middle of Appennino mountains, Northern Italy. Their common passion for brilliant outfits such as Truth and Janey, Sir Lord Baltimore, Captain Beyond or Witchfinder General lead them to record and self-produce their first EP “The Doctor Cyclops” (2010), which is quickly followed by two full-lengths: “Borgofondo” (2012) and “Oscuropasso” (2014), both released on German heavy psychedelic label World in Sound.

Since 2008, the trio has had the chance to tour Europe several times, sharing the stages with Firebird, Blood Ceremony, Siena Root, Colour Haze, Stoned Jesus, The Grand Astoria and many other bands. DOCTOR CYCLOPS also took part to important festivals such as Freak Valley in Germany (2012) and Red Smoke Festival in Spain (2016).

DOCTOR CYCLOPS will be on tour in spring soput an eye on the news to catch them on the road!!

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Doctor Cyclops, Oscuropasso (2014)

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Sherpa, Tanzlinde: Dancing in Trees

Posted in Reviews on January 20th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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It’s a rare band who can affect a folkish sensibility, a psychedelic lushness and still maintain an underlying tonal presence to connote a heavy influence. Far, far rarer than the number of bands who claim to be able to do it, anyhow. From Abruzzo, Italy, come Sherpa, an open-minded and semi-experimental five-piece who make their late-2016 debut on Sulatron Records with Tanzlinde and throughout it gracefully play between styles of heavy psych, folk, post-rock, pop, and classic prog without ever losing that sense of presence in the material. Comprised of Matteo Dossena, Ivano Legnini, Enrico Legnini, Axel Di Lorenzo and Pierluca Michetti and featuring a range of guest contributions throughout — the back of the CD lists: Lilia on vocals “Robert W.,” Ayu Shi and Ila Maa on vocals for “Loto,” “Dubinuska,” “Sherpa” and “Big Foot,” Fabiana Giordano on vocals for “Dune” and the title-track, Fabio Duronio and Graziano Zuccarino on pipes, percussion, etc. on “Loto,” Fabio Cardone on synth and xylophone for “Big Foot” and sundry other things on sundry other of Tanzlinde‘s total 10 songs — it’s little wonder the resulting feel is so expansive.

Though the members of Sherpa released a self-titled full-length in 2013 under their prior moniker, Edith Aufn, it’s important to remember that Tanzlinde is their first outing in their current guise, and so it strikes as even more ambitious and even more triumphant in exceeding those ambitions. It was recorded between 2014 and 2016, brings in all these different people throughout who take part in adding to already varied material that basks in a diversity of influence, but Tanzlinde never loses its structural integrity, never gives up its sense of purpose, and at no point does Sherpa let go of the overarching mood and exploration at their core.

No small feat as they move from “Loto,” which reminds of Hypnos 69 at their quietest, to the all-drift psych-folk serenity of “Robert W.” earlier, to the space-ritualized pulsartonics of “Big Foot” and beyond, but true enough to their newer moniker, Sherpa act as a guide for their listeners through their first album’s rich and immersive course. There are a few factors that allow them to do this. First, the individual songs are relatively short. Only “Loto” reaches past six minutes, and none of the others top five — atmospheric closer “Plot” is the shortest at 3:04 — so pieces are quick to come and go, almost like flashes of different worlds being visited throughout this journey, a glimpse of a thing, enough to dive in and then move on. This is especially effective as opener “Dune” moves into “Robert W.” and “Dubinuska,” and Tanzlinde begins to unfold this process to its audience.

sherpa-photo-by-Fabio-Cardone

What allows the band to work this way, on a more practical level, is the rhythm section. Isn’t it always? As much of a delight as the shimmering guitars and dreamscape vocals of “Of Coke and Steel” are, it’s the bassline and the subtle push of the drums that hold the song together, and that’s true of just about the entirety of Tanzlinde save perhaps for the aforementioned finale, which is basically an ambient soundsape — though there’s some percussion there as well. Other tracks, whether they take place as a build à la the wallop duo of “Tanzlinde” and “Sherpa” back to back in the album’s first half or the ’70s churn of “Big Foot” and later fuzzy push of “Of Coke and Steel” in the second, Sherpa are able to enact these various movements because there is essentially no chance of their material coming apart as a result. Taken in combination with the efficiency in their sonic storytelling, and Tanzlinde emerges clean and clearheaded in its psych-prog meld and is able to hold to such gorgeousness as a defining element.

That becomes particularly prevalent on “Magnetic White Tree,” which leads off the second half of Tanzlinde and sets the ground for “Loto,” “Big Foot” and “Of Coke and Steel” to come, but is true nonetheless of the whole affair from “Dune” onward. Credit has to go to Dossena and to Umberto Palazzo, who both contributed to the mixing, because the low end is never overwhelming, and as it should, the bass and acoustic and electric guitars act in complementary rather than competitive fashion. Knowing that Sherpa worked together in a prior band helps explain some of that chemistry, but Tanzlinde benefits from a fullness of sound as much as coherence of purpose, and solidifies many of the impulses they showed on Edith Aufn‘s self-titled, so that the handclaps-into-chants of “Dubinuska” don’t feel the slightest bit incongruous as they otherwise might leading to the nodding, crashing climax that ends that song, and “Of Coke and Steel” holds to its languid, beautiful drift and affects the impression of “Plot” as more than just an outstretching epilogue.

In its breadth, Tanzlinde succeeds in establishing the progressive aspects of what Sherpa do aesthetically, but the flow they’re able to execute from one piece to the next is no less crucial in making the album as staggering as it is. Even with the formidable endorsement of Sulatron behind it, Tanzlinde hits as a welcome surprise, and one hesitates to speculate on what Sherpa might do next for fear of jinxing the magic they’ve been able to conjure on this wonderful first offering.

Sherpa, Tanzlinde (2016)

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