San Francisco-based producer Al Lover has spent the last several years evolving a unique approach to psychedelic music by way of exploring the common threads within it's various genres. His newest effort, Zodiak Versions, sees Al exploring what he views as two musical styles that have defined modern underground music culture, Jamaican dub reggae and the German experimental krautrock from the 1970's. The main point of interest is how these genres were translated through the lens of post punk, hip hop and post disco electronica to create what we see now as contemporary indie music. Along stretches of highway in mainland Europe, in a tour van filled with the smell of Moroccan hash and tobacco smoke (not to mention the potent human funk only an extensive European tour can produce), Zodiak Versions was born. Sketching out repetitive dub baselines on the road, Al formulated the basic structures of the what would become these versions. Inspired by the driving motion of artists like Kraftwerk and Neu!'s motorik beats and expansive washes of analog synthesis, Lover felt compelled to write music directly within the environment that had once inspired the original krautrock sound. Once back in the states Al teamed up with good friends Burnt Ones in LA to add some touches of guitar and synth drone to the sketched out songs. At this time he was further introduced to the some of the lesser known efforts of kraut pioneers that would later influence the rise of ambient music. Returning home completely inspired, he added even more layers of analog Moog synthesizer, tribal percussion, and vintage rhythm box drum sounds before sequencing and mixing all the elements through a vintage Roland RE-201 Space Echo. The end result is is what you have here in Zodiak Versions.
Texas duo Indian Jewelry have been a staple of psych and noise scene for nearly a decade. Their eighth album, Doing Easy is music made with the lightest touch possible even when handling vicious topics. For Indian Jewelry, every nuance of composition is important, crafted; but like all successful structures, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Doing Easy feels like a career defining statement for a band always getting their hands dirty but never breaking a sweat. The profanity of hard work carried in on a sacred breeze. But that's never really been a problem for Indian Jewelry. Exposing the struts, foolproofing the chi, and greasing the strings: Indian Jewelry want to change your brain.
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