Boomkat Product Review:
Oh psychedelic-noise fans your saviours have returned! After a three year absence (okay so there were loads of odd limited releases, but no proper albums) they're back with 'Wisdom Thunderbolt' which to my mind one of the collective's strongest offerings to date. You might have caught members of this psych supergroup dotting themselves around the sprawling scene - I know whenever I go to a gig these days I try to spot the Vibracathedral member - it's a bit like a geeky muso's version of 'Where's Wally', only more suited to the Boomkat reader. You'll have seen 'em with Sunburned Hand of the Man probably most recently, and of course if you missed Chris Corsano with VCO mainman Mick Flower then you're clearly deranged - that combo was about as blistering as improvised psychedelic insanity gets. Still, we're here to talk about this latest offering from the full band, and it's really just as good as we could have hoped. More focused than much of their droning oddness that has made it to cd (or cdr) in the past, what we have here is a collection of improvised jams with synthesizer, drums and various odd instruments poking their shimmering faces into the mix at random times for posterities sake. The dense slop of wavering sound is a little like Sunburned Hand of the Man or No Neck Blues Band as realised by a Thames Valley shoegazer, at all times deeply spiritual and somehow harmonically intact. It's the sort of music that is in itself devilishly difficult to explain; you've got to live it, you've got to let it permeate your every pore and let the music take you into new realms of psychedelic enjoyment. Like all great transcendental records, it can work with or without the aid of controlled substances, but hell, if nobody's watching I can't see it'd do any harm? Sit in a circle with some like minded friends, light a candle and play on repeat - weeks will go by before they find the bodies. Huge recommendation!