Music / / 11.10.13

BLACK LIZARD

There’s something resoundingly appropriate in the fact the self-titled debut album from Black Lizard has felt the direct impact of The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe (who assisted the band during recording in Berlin) and Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom (who mixed the record). Not just because this Finnish neo-psych quartet come from the same school of thought as that esteemed duo; one of smothering, textured sway teamed with an unshakeable knack for melody. But also because this is a band who are knowingly indebted to their predecessors, and embrace their glowing referentiality. That said, the LP – which receives a UK release this month on Finnish imprint Soliti – stops short of homage. It’s a gloriously constructed collection which ingests the ageless psych template whole, reemerging as woozily potent as ever.

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