This week has graced my ears with two incredible wax collabs from the underground’s finest. This painfully brief 7” sees relative newcomer, Infinite Light, take sides against underground stalwarts, Vibracathedral Orchestra. Krayon is an amazing new label to keep an eye on, having released singles from C. Spencer Yeh, Campbell Kneale and Thurston Moore.
Baptised by Intuition – Infinite Light
Extremely lo-fi jumbled sounds roll forth with effected guitar and percussive noises sounding like a poor quality live recording in a dingy venue. Think Skaters with more of a rock/psych output. This basement freakout merges in on itself never veering far from the limited frequencies of its minimal bandwidth. Alarm and solo eccentricities blur in a departure sound, unlike anything I’ve heard from this artist. After almost three minutes the sound shifts to a recognisable signature, alto vocals and beautifully intricate Hendrix-worship guitar. Overlapping plucking in elliptical motions seeks perfect outsider blues in the vein of Ignatz or Jandek, yet with a softer, youthful exuberance. The piece feels far too short, clocking in at a few minutes, when all I want is to drift away for an hour or so, fighting the minimal complexities of his intimate sound.
Get It? – Vibracathedral Orchestra
V.O’s sound blasts with immediacy and a pounding constant full of psych guitars and acid textures. The percussion remains restrained in a reduced repertoire that maintains rhythm with a quiet riot. The larger ensemble becomes more apparent as time passes and woodwind sounds trickle through. Think of the best moments from Quicksilver Messenger Service’s long jams, or even Träd Gräs och Stenar. This is very traditional psychedelia, which fulfils its duty with perfect spaced out wisdom. Once again the 7” format seems a little too short to truly loose yourself in the music. The brevity and thirst for more is a good thing, showcasing the quality of the music. This is a must for those wishing to spin some great tunes on a psych or acid DJ set. My only suggestion would be to bring back the 10” in a big way. These artists need room to swell and I’d like a solid side to fry my brain. 8/10 -- Peter Taylor (11 November, 2009)