Psych rock's innate hypnotic qualities can provide a powerful gateway to escapist surrealism, so when bands like Philadelphia's Ecstatic Vision infuse the already-magical genre with enough harsh vocal distortion and driving, kraut-influenced beats to bring it back down from its spacey explorations, the result is a truly heavy experience.
On their latest, "Grasping the Void," Ecstatic Vision deliver this in spades. A rhythm section more in line with Can than the 13th Floor Elevators grounds the whole experience, allowing room for the strings to wander and explore, while unexpected touches from more unusual instruments, like the flute, add depth and interest.
"'Grasping the Void' was the last track written for our new LP For the Masses," says frontman Doug Sabolick. "It's got it all: flutes, driving bass, fuzzed-out guitars, and displays the more krautrock side of the band." One listen and the major players he mentions come into focus; play it back once more and the laser-like details begin to emerge amid the hazy distortion.
"Grasping the Void" is taken from Ecstatic Vision's For the Masses, due out September 20th via Heavy Psych Sounds Records. Preorder the album at here.
1. Sage Wisdom
2. Shut Up and Drive
3. Yuppie Sacrifice
4. Like A Freak
5. For the Masses
6. The Magic Touch
7. Grasping the Void