Tang Soleil: Outboard Sensory Meridian Response LP (Dusty Medical Records, 2015)

November 4, 2015 at 11:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tang Soleil: Outboard Sensory Meridian Response LP

Tang Soleil: Outboard Sensory Meridian Response LP

Really bizarre, fun acid-fried rock’n’roll from Montreal. The vocals are always mangled by effects, at times sounding like Longmont Potion Castle produced the album. The band loves exploring the possibilities of the recording studio, banging out wild psych-rock riffs and then abruptly shifting (Mothers-style) to whispering voices, spoken word interludes, and revving motorcycle sounds. The songs are generally short and transition into other ones without warning, making each side of the record sound like a suite rather than a collection of individual songs. It’s kind of a “what was THAT?” record, but not in an offputting way. Kind of reminds me of a young Flaming Lips, but if they just kept to making 2 minute psych-pop songs with standard rock instruments and blown-out effects. Really warped and nutty, with splattering guitar sounds and goofy voices, but there’s also a bit of a reverence to the silly side of ’50s and ’60s rock and roll, with references to “Purple People Eater” and “Woolly Bully”. The album is short and packs a weird, squishy punch, and that does it a world of good.

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