Friday, October 27, 2017

Excessive Visage "You Are Lost Anyway"

Country: Germany
Genre(s)Avant Prog, Jazz Rock, Math Rock, Psychedelic
Label: Off Records‎ OCD037 (CD), Already Dead Tapes AD269 (cassette)
Format: CD, digital, cassette
Release date: October 27, 2017
1. Dragged In (8:14)
2. Verwohnt Von Happiness (4:09)
3. Supernova, Black Hole, Eternity And The Space (3:44)
4. Ron (4:18)
5. Buried In Gold (3:32)
6. Nothing Nothing (6:12)
7. Polished Eyes (2:28)
8. Transfixed Reveria (9:34)

Total Time 42:11

Larissa Blau – Vocals, Slide Whistle
Torsten Lang – Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, Theremin
Simon Preuß – Bass (3, 7, 8) and atmo recordings (1, 6)
Christoph Dehne – Drums
The Ghost Of Christmas Past – Backing Vocals (1)
Falk Meutzner – Schreie (5)

The album starts off on some Sunburned Hand of the Man/No-Neck Blues Band-style earthy, improv weirdness (quickly abandoned for the remainder of the album) before shifting gears into a playful, whimsical Syd Barrett-esque psych-pop jam. Around five minutes into the song is a crunchy, bluesy fuzz guitar solo that builds into some haunting male and female vocal dueling. This is definitely an “album” album, no need to break it down track by track. It’s epic and cinematic. Intentional or not, there are nods to ELP, Yes, Genesis and the like, but also The Mars Volta and The Sound of Animals Fighting. The vocals are uniformly gorgeous. My favorite track upon the first couple of listens is “Ron,” for what it’s worth.
Expect lots of jazzy percussion, math rock-isms, ridiculous distorted guitar tones, soaring female vocals, and an overall professional hi-fi sound. Play this one on a good sound system! “Your nose is hairy!”
There’s a buttload of ‘70s rock moves, sick guitar riffs, and memorable melodies, all played professionally and capably. These blokes are actual musicians. Definitely good driving music; throw this one on the tape deck while traversing the great highways of the haunted universal road zone. Perhaps I’ll cross paths with them a year from now (the time of this writing) in Germany."

- David Drucker, Already Dead Tapes, 2017 


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