Editor's Rating

Have a listen to: "Bleached" and "Elevator"

Rating out of 10

Public Psyche – No New Violence

Release Date: 29th September 2017
Hypertension Records

Every so often you hear a band, track or album that gets in your head and has an effect. My first thought about Public Psyche’s new album was that this is the kind of sound that gets played during any ‘low budget’ Hollywood film whenever a character takes any form of drugs. In Hollywood all drugs are LSD.

The rhythms and guitar work are creative and unpredictable. The soundscape created in each track is hypnotising and an experience within themselves. I do have to admit, if I had a small disco ball I would lie on the floor in a darkened room and watch the colours on the ceiling for the length of this album. It seems like a strange thing to say, but there seems to something within the (no doubt faintly purple) atmosphere created that leads to inspiration and clarity of thought, which is bizarre for a solely auditory experience.

Bleached‘ and ‘Elevator convey a sense of epic scale in their production, the eerily echoing vocals ooze around the accompanying instruments and blend rather than grab attention away from the combined efforts of the rest of the band. What we have in these tracks is a sense of vision from the band themselves, they are very sure of themselves and the sound that they want to create and manage to bring something unique to the forefront as a result.

Listening to the album in its entirety, it is tempting to think of it as a whole 37-minute voyage, however if you take this release one track at a time you can see the very intricate and individual nature of each separate orchestration. Although it does indeed seem that there is an aural theme running through the album, each track goes some way to eliciting a new experience for the listener.

You could single out ‘Patterns‘ as having a very different effect than the other tracks on the album. There is a more cheerful, seemingly less introspective vibe to the whole thing, but again this is only if you focus solely on this track. Any differences noticed seem curiously to melt away if you go in for the full session. It is quite an achievement to create this effect and one that has certainly impressed me.

There is no doubt that ‘No New Violence‘ is an album that you have to be ‘in the mood’ for. This is not an easy listening album you can put on for background music. There is something in the strangeness of the creation that grabs and holds your attention. There are certain moments in songs that can give you goose bumps, but very few that get inside your head without being necessarily ‘catchy’.

In the right mood this is a mind-blowing production from Public Psyche and something, which I sincerely hope, is built upon in the future. The mood is haunting and cerebral and, as you have no doubt realised, very difficult to describe.

The epic end to the album, ‘Desire Lines is an audible odyssey that threatens to take you over the edge, but instead leaves you with an ingrained desire to hear more; to continue the journey and see how far this can be taken. Relax, open your mind and allow this music to do it’s work, this is the best form of meditation music and it comes highly recommended.

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