Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura - Striiide (dd08)

Morning Wood gets one into their stride. peace and love to my friends at Humboldt Relief :)

This is one the heads will not want to miss. Deep Distance, the cosmic offshoot of Great Pop Supplement, put out some great records last year. Stellar releases from Köhn, J.D. Emmanuel, and Expo 70 culminated in a fine year for the label. Generally concentrated on electronic and kosmische releases, Deep Distance scored one of the finest goals of 2013 with some psych heaviness from Manchester collective, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura. Literally a majestic strike from distance, Striide, doesn't waste any time in unleashing a deluge of top notch improvised free-form psych - with a garage feel - mayhem. Striiide's pervasive sonic assault is the product of three guitars, two basses, drums and vocals. Of particular delight is the manner in which Kate Armitage's vocals - consumed by the guitar/bass/drums vortex - emit a ubiquitous, dreamy quality. Andrew Cheetham's adept and intense drumming maintains stride, proceeding at a furious pace. At full speed, the barrage of psych goodness envelops one. The second release from this unit, which includes some new players surges unrelentingly upward, a brilliant object ascending into the ether, serenading the stars with unremitting dissonance and omnipotent guitar fury.

Accompanied by some of the best artwork of 2013, Striiide possesses that top-shelf, head warrior high that I seek with alacrity. Lately when I'm in need of a psych fix, I reach for Nick Mitchell-related projects. In only a few days the next batch of heaviness will be harvested, a 2lp on Mitchell's Golden Lab Records. Highly recommended and released in a pressing of 300 copies, the remaining copies of Striiide may be purchased through the band or from Volcanic Tongue.

peace and love, friends :)