I suggest multiple slices of Cranium Pie‘s outstanding full-length Mechanisms (Part 1). Gorge yourself. A veritable all-you-can-eat cornucopia of psychedelia saturated in a long tradition of pioneer freaks like Hawkwind, Floyd, Arthur Brown,…but sits with modern fractured like-minded outfits like equally, though differently, deranged Human Eye. There’s some mutated crustacean post-apocalyptic mechanized concept running through it, but the less said the better. Figure it out on your own. Or don’t. Maybe we can’t know it that intimately. Might not want to. All valid ways to enjoy their modern nostalgia tinged insanity. And there are many more ways and trips to take on this wigged out masterpiece as we wait for part 2 to materialize, probably out of a writhing mass of who knows what. It’s a constant stream churning over and over; oscillating, trippy instrumentation, baked distorted vocals and spoken breaks, levitating keys, and just about everything else you could want for your freak out. All with a wry sense of humor. Some of it has slight progressive leanings that might anchor it for those less inclined to being that far off their nut, but no matter how you slice it, it’s psychedelic space rock manna. Clearly looking to platters like Saucerful of Secrets as only one of many ground zeros, Cranium Pie are far too unhinged to ape anything; it doesn’t take too long to know what they’re all about as well as what they’re aiming at. It’s a lofty target and they nail it.
They really do make them like they used to.
And this is one that could only be made fresh today. Served up hot, plentiful, full of ingredients that you know are good for you and fully, fully baked. Recommended without question.
Mechanisms (Part 1) is out on vinyl on Fruits de Mer, limited to 500, unsurprisingly sold out with a waiting list. If it wasn’t, it’d be a crime against nature, sea life in particular. Cranium Pie have a download available through their site.
Rememberrr :: Cranium Pie :: Mechanisms (Part 1) (Fruits de Mer, 2011)
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