Boomkat Product Review:
For their second album, New Yorkers, Psychic Ills provide a unique take on psychedelic rock music, melding the wah-wah fuzz and drones you’d attribute to that genre with My Bloody Valentine-style shoegaze: the stuttering drum machine on ‘Vice’ and ‘Killer’ drags the ‘70s-fixated psych-rock template forward in time to arrive at a more concise, if abrasive sound. ‘Days’ is like a brooding, melancholy Jesus & Mary Chain outtake, while the excellent ‘Red-Split’ veers into taut, metronomic Krautrock. It’s only on ‘Diamond City’ and its reprise (for the final, hidden track) that Psychic Ills’ more explicit psychedelic tendencies show. Flickering tremolo-pedal guitar drones and rumbling acoustic drums are the order of the day here, showing Psychic Ills at their darkest, which makes for an excellent counterpoint to the downbeat pop that occupies the rest of the album. Excellent stuff.