Human Expression - Love at a Psychedelic Velocity – New LP
Essential listen for anyone who digs garage rock and psychedelic music, this set brilliantly mixing snarling garage numbers with moody downer-drenched reflection, often offering these contrasts within songs, certainly on the title track. Even if that opener was the only good song on this set, that would be worth the price of admission, but this stays amazing, and if it seems like it might spiral downward, the guitars come in to rise it up. Clearly this fits in with the music explored on the Nuggets compilation, sometimes recalling The Standells, other times The Zombies, but also showing connection with fellow LA outfits Love and the Byrds, and bridging the mid 1960s to what we'd hear from Crazy Horse a few years later. This is a classic portrait of American music in the mid 1960s, from the garage to the freak out and into the psychedelic and acid rock. While this band offered some singles from 1965-1967, this album was finally delivered to us from Mississippi Records a few years back. And in classic Mississippi style, when copies of that earlier pressing started bringing in 3 figures, they purposely chuck a wrench in that and offer this second pressing. So don't grab it to collect it because Mississippi will chuck another wrench in those plans. Grab it to enjoy it. It's bound to happen. -- winch (green noise)
Unbelievably great psychedelic garage rock from 1966-1968. Up there with the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Love and the Seeds in quality but with an outsider edge to it. Tough as nails deep heavy group who never got the exposure they deserved back in the day. A few songs leaked out on vinyl on psych comps (Optical Sound, Love at a Psychedelic Velocity and Reading Your Will) but the rest has not been on vinyl until now. Beautiful singer/songwriter ballads & frantic rockers sit side by side creating a truly great lost classic of the 1960’s. Co-released with Moi J'connais Records.