Boomkat Product Review:
Coming from Alex Gray of Sun Araw you probably already know to expect something foggy, humid and laced with high grade man-made chemicals, but the sheer quality of ‘Lucid Thought’ (Gray’s second ‘proper’ album under the Deep Magic moniker) could take longer to decipher. Through the warbling cassette-burn disintegration and neon waterfalls of guitar and synthesizer notes is an attention to detail not readily associated with the Not Not Fun label, which is I guess why this particular jammer has appeared on the really very reliable Preservation imprint. Sounding a damn sight more widescreen than I’d thought to expect from Gray, ‘Lucid Thought’ is a veritable audio journey, giving nods to Jodorowsky’s bleary-eyed drugscapes without ever sounding contrived or cheesy. It’s hard work making chemically enhanced psychedelic drone music without adhering to the usual tropes and clichés, but Gray has managed to come up with a record that succeeds in transcending its potential trappings. At times I’m reminded of Preservation label-mates Richard Skelton or Black Eagle Child, such is the beauty and restraint captured in these glittering half-remembered dreams. Close your eyes, and let the music do the rest.