• loons Inside Out Your Mind (CD, £12.50)

    label: bomp

    With INSIDE OUT YOUR MIND the Loons have created their most compelling and original album to date. Produced by the band’s Mike Kamoo, the album features 11 diverse original compositions, ranging from the short, sharp, infectious rocker “Siren City” to the towering psychedelic epic “As the Raven Flies” which echoes the vibe the Pretty Things’ SF Sorrow album with its soaring vocal harmonies, backwards guitar, and whirring Mellotron interludes. It’s an album of artful contrasts, where torrid garage rock screamers like “My Desolation” and “I Don’t Live There Anymore” rub up against haunting, West Coast-flavoured pieces like “Moon and Tide” and “Head in the Clouds,” with its four-piece string arrangement, and the stark, introspective acoustic number “Silence.” The Loons have been playing their smart, inventive brand of psychotic beat music for almost twenty years. Lead singer is Mike Stax of Ugly Things Magazine, Anja Stax plays bass, Marc Schroeder and Chris Marsteller are the guitarists, and Mike Kamoo is their drummer and producer. Shindig Magazine described them as “a perfect pairing of Love-influenced garage-psych and British underground in the mould of the Pretty Things, played with preternatural style and ability.” Tracks: As The Raven Flies, Cruel Grey Fog , Head In The Clouds, I Don't Live There Anymore, Inside Out Your Mind, Moon And Tide, My Desolation, Out Of The Frame, Silence, Siren City

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