The magazine is an important champion of everything from Freakbeat and Psych, to punk and beyond, taking in the very best of Krautrock, Electronica and free Jazz. To celebrate, there's a limited run, vinyl only compilation 'Paper Leaves'; an 8 track Psych compilation, put together by the magazine. It features mostly unreleased music by artists that the writers have championed over the years.
Amongst the gems on offer here is ' Terrescopula Tempest' from Black Tempest; a really quite beautiful piece of droned synth music with a feel not unlike a cinematic Tangerine Dream. Elsewhere there's an a new interpretation of 'Young Girl Cut Down in Her Prime' from The Left Outsides, running at over 8 minutes; an intriguing folk track laden with melancholic strings. The always fascinating White Hills offer up 'Thermal Head'; another slice of Sonic synth that plays out like a hypnotic mantra. Bardo Pond's 'Pumori' closes the album in a loud 11 minute long feedback fueled Psych Rock noise ;complete with crashing drums and cymbals. It's Dead Sea Apes 'Universal Translator' from the album Spectoral Domain that stands out for me; slowly unraveling itself over a rolling baseline and space age soundscape that works it's way over 8 minutes. The track constantly builds and creates a deeper atmospheric tone as it progresses. Further contributions from The Bevis Frond, Nick Nicely and Ben Chasny ensure that every play of this album offers a constantly engaging and rewarding listen; its an essential addition to any serious record collection.
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