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Mt. Mountain called their latest opus Dust, and boy, is that title accurate. This may as well be the soundtrack to a Vegemite Western. The 17-minute title track opens with a low drone reminiscent of a didgeridoo. Melancholic Morricone guitar and lonesome flute drift across the landscape. A full-on sandstorm hits, propelled by ominous riffs and swirling effects. Earth is an appropriate (if obvious) comparison. They make lovely oceanside Perth seem like a barren desert perpetually shrouded in crimson dusk.

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Cardinal Fuzz are proud to announce the release of the epic “Dust” via Perth quintet Mt. Mountain. Since forming in 2012 Mt. Mountain are already lauded and revered in Australia where they have built a reputation as one of the most compelling live bands, a distinction that has seen them share stages with myriad Australian and international heavyweights including Sleep, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thee Oh Sees, Endless Boogie, Tortoise, Bardo Pond and Boris. On “Dust” Mt Mountain have laid down 4 tracks that capture the atmosphere of the red/orange landscapes that consume the Australian Outback. Opening with the mini slow burn epic “Dust” which builds with an incessant drone and flute to form a ghostly menacing and meditative rhythmic and repetitive throb that builds and builds before the release comes and the bands shatters into a heady and thunderous elliptical crunch. Over the entire LP Mt Mountain capture, a dreamlike mood of shimmering dust filled landscapes where slow strummed guitars and single note organ lines ebb and flow and bring to mind Dylan Carson’s ‘Earth’ as played by mushroom ingesting elf’s. ‘Dust’ is psych rock meditation music and It is utterly entrancing.

Stephen Bailey: Organ, Whistle, Guitar, Vocals
Derrick Treatch: Guitar, Mellotron, Vocals
Brendan Shanley: Bass
Glenn Palmer: Guitar

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The new album by The Radiation Flowers it is frankly brilliant, along with the new album “Summer Loop” the band’s new split 12″ with fellow Canadians Hawkeyes, with the sunny upbeat nature of The Radiation Flowers’ track there. This is mostly replicated here  on their full album release with similar effect of raising the mood from what feels to be a rather bleak time to be living in Britain.

This is a summer record, as the title alludes to… but its not just about chilling and running through fields of wheat. There is also a harder edge to this album which somehow sits perfectly with the mood and expectation of the time.

This is evident from the first bars of the first track ‘Just Go Away’ which suggest something harder than the wonderful drop into the vocals delivers. They drift in and stand, along with a laid back rhythm  in a certain kind of tension with the heavier guitars that have a sharper edge. Together they form a concurrent light and shade that pulls you in different directions in a very absorbing way which, for me, nicely sets the tone of the album.

‘Walking Down The Street’ in many ways has the same overall vibe instrumentally and, while Shelby Gaudet’s voice on this track is in many ways doing the same thing as Chris Laramee’s on ‘Just Go Away’ the change from male to female provides a subtle but real change in tone which give the tracks a different interpretation of the same vibe in a way that really works .

‘Colours’ is one of my tracks of the year so far. In terms of approach it reminds me of last year’s excellent Heron Oblivion album. The vocal is simply melting, soulful and with a melody that is just crushing. This is mirrored by Lucas Goetz’s hammond organ which perfectly matches Gaudet’s vocal.

Another welcome change in pace comes with ‘Dancing In Flame’, far more heavy and upbeat this shakes away the melancholy of ‘Colours’ to a certain extent and gives the band a chance to rock out a bit. There’s some fuzz going on in the background and the rhythm section, Amber Ross (drums) and Jay Allen (bass), is given more of a free reign to express itself here as the track builds up to an exciting climax where even a sax breaks through the melee to good effect.

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Then comes ‘Sunrise’. Like ’33 Floors Up’ on the split LP this is one that you’re really going to want to get up and dance to. It’s the sort of track that’s going to go down well on a balmy summers night . The hi-tempo repeato riff really gets the adrenaline going…definitely all about the sunrise of an ‘all-nighter’… can’t wait to stay up.

‘Summer of Burnout’, as the title suggests to me, seems to be about the other side of summer. This is an altogether darker track, with heavy stoner elements that bring the tone crashing down in a salutary way.

Last up is ‘Walking (reprise)’ which is a softer more acoustically driven version of ‘Walking Down The Street’.

This Radiation Flowers LP bears all the hallmarks of being one of the better releases this year. It somehow succeeds in having a common vibe throughout, holding together an eclectic series of track that will variously have you up on your feet jigging like there’s no tomorrow and down on your haunches in contemplation that sadly there is a tomorrow.

The Radiation Flowers ‘Summer Loop’ is release on vinyl LP on Cardinal Fuzz Records, Release Date – 9th July 2017

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Cardinal Fuzz are proud to announce the release of the epic new album “Dust” via Perth quintet Mt. Mountain. Since forming in 2012 Mt. Mountain are already lauded and revered in Australia where they have built a reputation as one of the most compelling live bands, a distinction that has seen them share stages with myriad Australian and international heavyweights including Sleep, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thee Oh Sees, Endless Boogie, Tortoise, Bardo Pond and Boris. On “Dust” Mt Mountain have laid down 4 tracks that capture the atmosphere of the red/orange landscapes that consume the Australian Outback. Opening with the mini slow burn epic “Dust” which builds with an incessant drone and flute to form a ghostly menacing and meditative rhythmic and repetitive throb that builds and builds before the release comes and the bands shatters into a heady and thunderous elliptical crunch. Over the entire LP Mt Mountain capture, a dreamlike mood of shimmering dust filled landscapes where slow strummed guitars and single note organ lines ebb and flow and bring to mind Dylan Carson’s ‘Earth’ as played by mushroom ingesting elf’s. ‘Dust’ is psych rock meditation music and It is utterly entrancing.

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releases April 24, 2017
Written, Performed & Produced by Mt. Mountain

Stephen Bailey: Organ, Whistle, Guitar, Vocals
Derrick Treatch: Guitar, Mellotron, Vocals
Brendan Shanley: Bass
Glenn Palmer: Guitar
Thomas Cahill: Drums, Djembe, Percussion.

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Humboldt County, California psych-outs WHITE MANNA present “Pan”, their fourth full-length since 2012. The LP is a split release – it’s the band’s second album for both Captcha Records and Cardinal Fuzz in the UK.

“Pan” is the equivalent to a surging psychedelic whirlwind, however you keep second-guessing what you’re hearing because little do you realize you’re stranded in the center of a scorching desert. That said, if mirages had their own sound, Pan would be exactly what you’d hear. Expansive tracks are detailed and stretched out across a massive plain, much like the landscape of the barren desert you find yourself trapped in. The LP is 6 tracks long and contains over 45-minutes of sun-baked space rock, giving the band ample time to chart their mysterious path to a sanctuary through the wicked heat of complete desolation – the question is whether or not you end up at your destination.

The 7-minute monster “Dunes II” is a perfect example of their heat-plagued sound, where guitars are seething and sweltering in a thick cloud of humidity that you can reach out and scratch with your fingernails. The air is heavy and you can feel your body warm as you breath in the smokey vapor they’re producing – vocals are rippling and warbled, while guitars growl and muster and eventually explode with progressive intensity. “Evil” is a 5-minute banger leaning heaviest on punk (a track of its own kind on the LP), unfolding with two invigorating chords that quickly gets your blood boiling in a storm of vibrant color. The track stays true to their own formula of lush landscapes with substantial repetition. They expose their spacey edge in “Beta Travelers,” garnering cosmic effects and sounds as they send you deep into a black hole without directions on how to return home – the rest is up to you. Album closer “Eshra” calmly floats in and suddenly places you into a full-on space rock environment, growing and expanding into a journey of its own. They’re finally creating that moment where you can sense your destination right around the corner, you just have to continue following the astral path they carve out a little longer to get there. Tom-tom heavy rhythms close out the track and trample over everything in sight as cascading guitars and bass swell into a crushing finale. The come-down begins to take a hold and cools everything into a smooth finish

From the album “High Evolutionary” by Dead Sea Apes on Cardinal Fuzz Records, Considering just how out there and dramatic the Dead Sea Apes music is, the band seem to operate under the radar somewhat. They seem rather understated in their approach putting out a series of albums that, to borrow something from the title of this one, have seen them evolve into a band who are at the forefront of their genre. In a sense there is nothing wrong with that, and there has certainly been plenty interest in this release; which seems to be exiting from the Cardinal’s hill-top Cathedral at quite a rate. Not surprising really given the outstanding music on this record which really does deserve a wider audience. (SD)

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this classic track from the Stockholm based band The Janitors with the darker side of the 80’s and neopsych scene

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the band describe themselves as Evil Shoegaze Boogie Woogie based in Stockholm and signed to the UK label Cardinal Fuzz Records the five piece band draw inspiration from Spacemen3, Loop, and of course Brian Jonestown Massacre. with long form perpetual Psych Bliss Outs,slow burn scuzz rock with a vengeance.