Tuesday, December 04, 2012

-valis Pick of the Week

Hail Voyagers! Back with a new Pick from a band who are no strangers at all to these pages. They've had a prior Pick of the Week and one of their members has plunged headlong into the abyss of the 10 Questions survey .

From New Hampshire comes the latest album from Mmoss , Only Children, out now on Trouble In Mind Records , who says:

From the damp and misty woods of New Hampshire emerges the second full length from psychedelic jam warriors MMOSS. The minute we heard the band's 2011 debut on Burger Records they immediately rocketed to the front of our release "wish list". Recorded by the band themselves at home "Only Children" is everything we could have hoped for.

The songs swirl and shimmer as the vocals waver and glide together like the trippiest acid test light show. 'Only Children' is a decidedly heavier trip than the debut album paring down the sheer number of tracks in favor of expanded blasts of musical mayhem. 'War Sux' has the motoric kraut of modern acts like Cave while 'Marty Hills' lays down the drone and hand drum a'la Swedish hippies 'Parson Sound'. That being said, MMOSS hasn't lost their pop sensibility - 'Another Day' and 'Another Dream' take you (literally) from mono to stereo with cascading vocal harmonies so sweet, you won't even notice that the hooks have already sunken in. Their vocal interplay affirms an affection for the group vocal stylings of 60's west coast acts like The Rose Garden, Comfortable Chair & The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, taking their melancholic & bittersweet recollections and bringing them to a plugged-in generation. MMOSS is the sound of hippies that took the brown acid and liked it. Live free or die. The vinyl edition of "Only Children" is pressed on 150gram, randomly mixed vinyl & includes an 18 x 24 poster, & download code.

Me, I'm going with: ridiculously laden with great tracks showing off their capabilities in coming at your mind from different touchstones of this nebulous thing we love as psychedelia; "War Sux," as mentioned above is an astonishing ride on a motorik chassis, while opener "Spoiled Sun" has been in my headphones for so long it seems an old friend already. No sophmore slump this effort, far from it. Like the distance from where you sit to Aldebaran. Dead cert' for Top 10-20 Lists everywhere, if they manage to hear it. imho. (Oh, and abso' no knock on the Tame Impala lovers out there but why you're not falling all over THIS band beggars my rather large belief skills.)

Go on then, give 'em a listen!

Hail Mmoss! Forever!

You can listen to the archived stream here ; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Mr. Atavist's Sunrise Ocean Bender show, heard every Monday from 1 to 3 am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.

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