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SOMESURPRISES - "Alt"

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somesuprises - “Alt”

(Doom Trip Records)

Alt is a three-song EP that feels like an album, due to the dreamy, endless feel and tight musical prowess of Seattle band, somesurprises.

The opening track Low on Sleep morphs from a lighter than air pop hit with smooth harmonies, gauzy guitar, and a driving fuzzed-out bass line into a wide-open hypnotic jam that transports the listener to a destination unknown. There, they are greeted with the second track, Paolo and Francesca, which delivers echoy guitars in a psychedelic island setting, replete with organ accents, and a trancelike vibe.

The title track closes the EP. Alt is a nine minute jammer, with charging bass and drums, and plucked out 90s guitar which soars wide across the track in crashing waves of thick reverb. A soaring guitar solo sails on the wind high above the mix, eventually dissolving into the swirling rhythms below. 

Once the spell breaks, the listener awakens from the dream - realizing that ony a few minutes have passed. That is the power of Alt.

https://doomtrip.bandcamp.com/album/alt

VOODOOHOP - "Entropia Coletiva II"

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Voodoohop - "Entropia Coletiva II"

(Voodoohop)

Groovy downtempo electronica with a strong world vibe bursts out of this release like the flagrantly adorned cover art that represents it. This compilation from Brazil-based collective Voodoohop travels through many music zones, but stays close to the cool, ambient shadows, where smooth rhythms and hypnotic musical compositions dance in the psychedelic night.

The track opener, Spine Tingles by Peter Power, is well worth the price of admission, with cooled-down beats and nearby found sounds that play with the senses in a pleasing way. The following track, Noon, feels like anything but noon, following in the opening track’s shadowy footprints. Other highlights include M. RUX and Thomash’s infectious and upbeat Tukuna Hering, that induces dancing on contact, and the absolute burner, Glassminazed, a ten minute journey from Supercombo Los Caviares, with lightweight droning and percussive glassware, creating a transcendent, meditative experience that is tethered to Earth by physical sounds.

Entropia Coletiva II is a brilliantly executed exploration of mood, that defies the variety of artists presented by being fiercely congruous. If you are looking to zone out, or zoom in, trance up, or cool down, this release is waiting there for you, beneath the haunted starlight of an endless sky.

Gray Lee

https://voodoohop.bandcamp.com/album/voodoohop-entropia-coletiva-ii