Atavismo Premiere New Video for “Kraken”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 16th, 2015 by JJ Koczan


Oh man, you know who really likes Atavismo? Me. I do. I was more than happy to get on board with the Algeciras trio when they released their debut album, Desintegración (review here), digitally and on limited CD through Not on Label Records, and I feel no differently about the thing now that it’s been picked up and released on vinyl by Temple of Torturous?. Its four songs are a gorgeous and lush wash of intricate and immersive high order heavy psychedelia, the three-piece of Jose “Poti” Moreno (ex-Viaje a 800), bassist/backing vocalist Mateo and drummer/backing vocalist Sandri Pow diving deep into expansive atmospherics and bringing memorable songs along with them. Just four cuts, but 37 minutes across its full span, Desintegración was and is a gem for anyone who’s thus far managed to discover it.

Accordingly, when the chance to premiere the video for “Kraken” — the shortest of the album’s tracks at a little less than seven minutes — came my way, I jumped on it, more than happy to have the chance to rant again about how engrossing  I think they are. Desintegración quickly became one of my most listened to albums of 2014, and in following the initial sprawl of “Blazava,” “Kraken”‘s earthier take was a big part of the reason why. Poti‘s vocals act as a grounding force to balance the laid back roll, and like “Oceanica,” which follows in somewhat more experimental fashion, the song has a definite beach-time feel to its sun-baked psychedelics, too close to the ocean to be desert rock but still digging its toes into sand one way or another. The melodicism never leaves the fore, and subtle krautrock touches give a sense of underlying complexity. They can go as prog as they want — and they do move further in that direction on closer “Meeh” — I’ll just keep my fingers crossed they don’t give up the tonal warmth of Desintegración in the process.

The video is a pretty straightforward performance clip — you’ll note the live keys, turning the trio into a four-piece — but it gives a sense of the peaceful vibes Atavismo elicit, and for that I’ll take it. Only 300 copies of the vinyl were pressed, and they seem to be gone already, but maybe if you ask nice they’ll do another pressing. In the meantime, I hear the band are working on writing for their sophomore album, due in 2016. One to watch for.

Clip for “Kraken” follows, with some PR wire info after. Enjoy:

Atavismo, “Kraken” official video

Algeciras, Spain-based experimental space rock collective, ATAVISMO, will release their Desintegración debut Via Temple Of Torturous this June. Featuring within their ranks former members of Viaje a 800 and Mind!, ATAVISMO’s compositions are sprawling and consuming; echoing and hypnotic recalling the cosmic, jam-laden plumage of bands like Earthless, Motorpsycho, Wand and Dead Meadow.

Initially released on CD last year on Not On Label Records, ATAVISMO’s Desintegración will be given the vinyl treatment via Temple Of Torturous on June 16, 2015 and come in a gorgeous gatefold packaging limited to 300 copies.

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Atavismo’s Desintegración Vinyl Due June 16

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 2nd, 2015 by JJ Koczan


If you didn’t get the chance to hear Atavismo‘s four-track debut release, Desintegración, late last year when it was streamed and reviewed here — and it’s entirely possible; these things happen — I’m going to go ahead and recommend you click that link and at least press play on the stream or press play on the Bandcamp embed below to check it out and hear a bit of what you previously missed. The Algeciras four-piece work with progressive textures and a heavy psychedelic sense of open creativity to craft atmospherics that are engrossing front to back, and even as each song has its own personality, that personality feeds into the overarching whole of the album itself.

Previously released on CD, Desintegración gets the vinyl treatment this month from Temple of Torturous. The edition is 300 copies, and I can’t speak to how long they’ll last, just how good the record is/was. In the meantime, Atavismo have stated their intent to start writing their next release, which — not that I’ve started such a thing, because one would have to be a madman to do so — is already on my most-anticipated list for 2016. And yes, I do have one. If you need to shake your head, I understand.

News on the vinyl comes off the PR wire:

atavismo Desintegración

Algeciras, Spain-based experimental space rock collective, ATAVISMO, will release their Desintegración debut Via Temple Of Torturous this June. Featuring within their ranks former members of Viaje a 800 and Mind!, ATAVISMO’s compositions are sprawling and consuming; echoing and hypnotic recalling the cosmic, jam-laden plumage of bands like Earthless, Motorpsycho, Wand and Dead Meadow.

Desintegración Track Listing:
1. Blazava
2. Kraken
3. Oceánica
4. Meeh

Pot – guitar, synth
Pow – drums
Matt – bass

Initially released on CD last year on Not On Label Records, ATAVISMO’s Desintegración will be given the vinyl treatment via Temple Of Torturous on June 16, 2015 and come in a gorgeous gatefold packaging limited to 300 copies. Preorders to be available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Atavismo, Desintegración (2015)

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The Obelisk Presents: The Top 10 Debut Albums of 2014

Posted in Features on December 26th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

Dudley-Street,-Seven-Dials.-Gustave-Doré-(1832-83) top 10

Please note: These are not the results of the Readers Poll. That’s still going on. Please feel free to submit your list.

Making and releasing a first full-length album is a special moment in the life of any band, and that’s why I wanted to single out some of the best debuts of the year. I’ve never done this before, and so maybe with a top 10 I’m testing the waters a bit, but it seemed a worthwhile project anyway. It was a long (inner) debate about whether or not to include EPs and singles here too, but in the end, it just seemed to work better with albums.

Not to take anything away from shorter releases, but putting out a debut EP is much different than a debut LP. First of all, a debut LP can come after several EPs or singles or demos or whatever and still be considered first. What a first album says to the listener is, “Okay, we’ve come this far and we’re ready to take this step.” Some bands, once they start putting out albums, never go back to EPs. Others who’ve been around for 30 years still release demos every now and then, but even so, a group only ever gets one crack at their first album, and it can be one of the most important things we ever do.

Compared to how many come out any given month, year, century, etc., very few debut long-players ever wind up being classics, and who knows what the future might hold for any of these acts on this list, but that not knowing and that excitement are part of the fun.

Let’s get to it:


The Top 10 Debut Albums of 2014

1. The Well, Samsara
2. The Golden Grass, The Golden Grass
3. Spidergawd, Spidergawd
4. Atavismo, Desintegración
5. Blues Pills, Blues Pills
6. Steak, Slab City
7. Comet Control, Comet Control
8. Elephant Tree, Theia
9. Black Moon Circle, Black Moon Circle
10. Temple of Void, Of Terror and the Supernatural

A couple honorable mentions. First to Valley of the Sun‘s Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk, which I still didn’t know what to do with the release date for. Officially 2014, but kinda released in 2013 too. I was back and forth on it. Also Wasted Theory‘s burly debut, Monolord‘s Empress Rising, Child‘s Child, the Silent Chamber, Noisy Heart sprawling one-song LP from Sylvaine.

Some notes: Actual time spent listening played a big role in the structuring of this list. More so than the Top 30 of 2014, I would say. The Well‘s Samsara and the self-titled debut from The Golden Grass featured pretty high on that list as well, and that’s because both of them were records that I continually went back to and found satisfying after they came out. In both bands I think there’s significant stylistic potential, but more importantly, they both came out of the gate with their mission solidified and ready to roll.

With Spidergawd‘s Spidergawd, the progressive take on classic heavy rock boogie was blinding, but righteous. Their second album is due early next year on Stickman and I’ll have more on it to come in the weeks ahead. Atavismo‘s Desintegración hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. Just four songs, but the atmosphere was gorgeous enough that after listening I went back and asked the band if I could host a stream in hopes that more people would hear it. Fortunately for anyone who listened, they were kind enough to comply.

On sheer impact alone, I think Blues Pills‘ Blues Pills warrants inclusion on this list, but in my own listening, I put on the top four so much more often that I couldn’t really justify placing it any higher. But in terms of a first album coming out and really propelling a band to the next level, I think for a lot of people it’s probably the debut of the year. Fair enough. Steak‘s Slab City found the London four-piece physically and stylistically right in the heart of the California desert and their passion for that place and its sound came across heartfelt on the recording, which only heightened the appeal.

And while I’m still sorry to see Quest for Fire go, the debut from offshoot Comet Control helped ease that sorrow neatly with a blend of driving heavier space rock and psychedelic vibing. Cool album, bodes well. You could say the same for Elephant Tree‘s Theia, I suppose. Their take on psychedelia melded with screamy sludge successfully where I think a lot of bands would’ve fallen flat trying the same thing, and that’s definitely something noteworthy in an initial offering, particularly one not preceded by an EP or other kind of release.

To round things out, two very different records. Black Moon Circle‘s self-titled took a popular stylistic course — melding heavy rock and psychedelic jamming — and showed the trio beginning to make it their own. That’s something I hope will continue on their second outing, which, like that of Spidergawd, is coming on quick early in 2015. And finally, Temple of Void‘s extreme, deathly take on doom courted genres smoothly and delivered its punishment with efficiency while holding together a coherent atmosphere of darkness and aggression. It was a sadistic joy to behold.

If you missed it, there were a couple debuts included on the Top 20 Short Releases of 2014 list as well — Gold & SilverWrenDeath Alley, and so on — so if you’re looking for more of that kind of thing, you don’t have to look too far. I hope if there was a debut album this year that particularly caught your attention, you’ll let me know in the comments.


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Atavismo Stream Debut Album Desintegración in Full

Posted in audiObelisk on November 20th, 2014 by JJ Koczan


There’s a reason I asked Atavismo if I could stream their debut full-length, Desintegración, instead of just reviewing it, and it’s because I think hearing the songs themselves does the record the most justice. Released by the band in cooperation with Odio Sonoro and a host of others, Desintegración is comprised of just four tracks, but holds a world of lush and spacious heavy psychedelia within them, alternately folkish and expansive, minimal and encompassing. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve heard any of the trio’s past work in bands like the spaced-out Mind! or Viaje a 800 — who, sadly defunct, remain among heavy rock’s most criminally overlooked acts — so much as it matters that you’re willing to loan a piece of your psyche to “Blazava,” “Kraken,” “Oceanica” and “Meeh,” and engage the 37 minutes of Atavismo‘s debut on their own level. Among first releases I’ve heard this year, Desintegración is an immediate standout for its complexity, sense of arrangement and for Atavismo‘s ability to hold the material together and create an overarching flow between songs that each boast their own personality.

Witness the Yawning Man-style guitar tone that emerges from the initial synth sprawl of opener “Blazava.” Desintegración takes a minute to unfold, but it’s worth it. Over the course of the 11:31 opening and longest cut on the album (immediate points), guitarist/synthworker Poti, drummer Sandra and bassist Matt loose a ranging instrumental build of dreamy but earthbound heavy psych jamming, making their way across hypnotic tones and masterful breadth as they go, driving as much as they’re meandering toward a lead-topped culmination the underlying rhythmic layer of which is no less a highlight, gracefully executed and in no way giving into the temptation to blast out in terms of pace and upset the careful balance they’ve been able to set. One could trace the acoustic/electric strums to The Who or a host of others from the classic rock pantheon, but immediately, the song and the album belong to Atavismo, and the swirl that ensues on “Kraken” only affirms the hold they have on their approach.

atavismo desintegracionThough the fact that it’s named for a seabeast might lead one to think “Kraken,” the shortest piece here at 6:47, is that explosive moment, and its second half gets fairly raucous, but with a careful Floydian blissout of Mellotron-style keys and acoustics, the beginning half is actually the most soothing moment on Desintegración, and remains so even after the arrival of the album’s first vocals. Classic psychedelic pop, backed by swirl and airy tones, plays out over “Kraken”‘s course, until just before four minutes in, more foreboding, weighted guitar begins a quicker progression that builds into fuzzy lead and the instrumental jam that serves as the track’s still wildly psychedelic apex. Heavier riffing from Poti and a wash of crash from Sandra push “Kraken” to its peak, leading to the similarly minded but more subtle execution of “Oceanica,” which starts out on an even more reserved, otherworldly plane and executes its linearity so smoothly that, unless one were to jump from an early moment to a later one, it would be easy to be entirely lost within the track’s unfurling. Dual vocals come across gorgeously melodic atop light effects and keys and guitar strumming, Matt entering easily on bass and Sandra periodically donating a cymbal wash to the atmospheric cause.

It’s not until after five minutes in that the build really shows itself, the progressive interlude and following verse leading to an uptick around 4:30 that continues to a glorious takeoff almost exactly at the five-minute mark that still doesn’t separate itself from the peaceful vibe preceding but pushes forward into heavier riffing and near-stomp only to recede and end “Oceanica” with a return to the softer psychedelics of its beginning, in turn shifting into “Meeh,” a longer track bookending the album with “Blazava” that is based around the most singularly memorable guitar line on Desintegración. Again, Yawning Man is a point of reference, but there’s a tension even in first, wide open verse — the drums more forward, the bass tighter — that lets you know the payoff will be considerable. And so it is. A mostly instrumental course is led by the guitar into still-patient tradeoffs that ultimately round out “Meeh” with the record’s heaviest stretch, feedback passing the 7:30 mark to dip back into a couple lines before the final thrust begins. Atavismo cross 10 minutes with some vague sense of ritual in the guitar, but it’s still a relatively quick, efficient cap put on Desintegración, leading one to wonder how far the three-piece will push out the next time out.

I’m thrilled to be able to host the stream of Desintegración with permission from Atavismo. I hope you’ll take the time to listen and get to know the album. It’s one I have the feeling I’m going to be talking about here for a while.

Please enjoy:

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Atavismo‘s Desintegración is available now. More info at the links.

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Atavismo to Release Desintegración this Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 12th, 2014 by JJ Koczan


With former members of Mind! and Viaje a 800 in the lineup, Spanish trio Atavismo will make their recorded debut with the full-length Desintegración this week. The release is four songs of immersive and dreamy progressive psychedelia, not as space rocking as Mind!, who released Stunde Null (review here) last year, or as tonally weighted as the last Viaje a 800, 2012’s Coñac Oxigenado (review here), but exploring psychedelic ground somewhere between the two, the subdued bliss of “Oceanica” and classic swirl of “Kraken” sandwiched between two 10-plus-minute adventures that, one hopes, are the first of many to come.

Don’t be fooled by the black and white photo or dark cover art — this one’s in full color:

atavismo desintegracion

Atavismo – Desintegración New Album!!!! (ex-viaje a 800/ex-mind!)

DESINTEGRACION is the new album of Atavismo a Hard psychedelic experimental rock band from Algeciras (Spain).

Not on label Records joined to others records labels and friends (Odio Sonoro,Adansonia Records,Nooirax…) to present this amazing debut of a band with ex-Viaje a 800 member and Ex-Mind! members. Progressive rock sound and echoes of the Hard Psychedelic of bands like UFO first-era, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Pink Floyd post-Barret era, or Groundhogs…

Atavismo is formed by Sandra on drums and vocals, Matt on bass and Poti on guitar and vocals, all seasoned musicians in other bands in the area as Viaje a 800, Buena Muerte Trio or Pussyworm. With this formation have decided to develop sound issues with Mind! (maybe a little more traditional and recognizable within the canons considered “commercial” character) had not yet explored, to some extent regardless of electronic kraut reinforcements to reach the rawness and immediacy so characteristic of electric power trios.

This musical philosophy, certainly less sophisticated and dramatic, but much more visceral and risky, Atavismo want to be synonymous with sonic expansion of open and reverberating guitars, hypnotic rhythms, thus twinned with all those groups that have made the jam session almost a form of religion. Or to put it another way, as the name suggests, Atavismo members have decided to unleash all those musical genes that were waiting to retrieve the echoes of bands like the Grateful Dead and Neil Young and Crazy Horse and continue to manifest today in bands like Earthless, Major Stars and Dead Meadow. Thus, inserting in that tradition, but also providing the product of his own imagination and musical intuition, Atavismo intended fascinate and drag with all electrical chromaticity and rhythmic mantras that can boast. ¡Que así sea! “

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Atavismo, “Kraken”

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