Wednesday, January 4, 2012
EP Review - Swords Of Texas ' Too Weird To Live , Too Rare To Die'
Five tracks of seething, molten psychedelia, Too Weird To Live , Too Rare To Die is a fascinating exploration in gloomy, almost gothic psychedelic sounds,,and nods to krautrock , most notably in the spacey malevolence of tracks like 'el Cid Zombie Chase',and the eerie burnout of closer ' Valkyrie Hymn', the latter assaulting the listener with some sickeningly low slung , de-tuned sludgy bass sounds, and unsettling , almost chant- like distorted vocals. The overall effect is like having acid dropped into your morning coffee unexpectedly, and then being dragged off to some sort of space rock equivalent to Orwell's dreaded Room 101, to have your mind ripped apart . . .
As an omen of where the stoner/psyche/sludge underground is heading in 2012, it's undoubtedly a good one, as for the EP itself, it's an enjoyably whacked out piece of work, that deserves to be blared from some monolithic speakers as one loses their mind on all manner of nasty substances. Fucked up, and fabulously so.
For fans of :Acid Mother's Temple, OM,(early) Pink Floyd
Stephen O ' Connor
Listen here: http://swordsoftx.bandcamp.com/album/too-weird-to-live-too-rare-to-die