So here we have a split single from two of the most interesting bands around at the moment. Like some gigantic collision of space meteors, the astral searching of The Cosmic Dead meets the more down to earth dystopian sound of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in what is one of the most exciting releases this year.
Not that this is any standard 7” by any chance. Both tracks clock in at well over 20 minutes giving it the feel of a battle of the wills and you'll be hard pushed to choose between them both. Both tracks are very different in structure but each has the sole purpose of twisting your mind and taking you to dimensions far, far away.
That's certainly how it feels with 'Djamba', The Cosmic Dead offering. Sounding unlike anything they have done before this is more akin to the studio jams they release now and again. This track is slow burning and intensely dubby to begin with as it starts its soul searching and builds into a groove. In fact, that groove, which the Dead do so well, drives the entire track forward and keeps it grounded when things get awry.
The throbbing bass is laid over with swirling space age effects (remember, this band are indebted to Hawkwind) as a tribal pulse lifts us off. This last for a good ten minutes before the disembodied voices and white noise of the guitars reach an epiphany. A sort of desert rock sound is reached as we fall into the tumultuous sound, and then it brings us right back down again.
'The Wizard and the Seven Swines' from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs on the other hand is a lot more heavier and hardcore than the previous track. Built around a motorik rhythm that never lets up and a repeated screaming mantra, it is intense and burns a hole in your brain with it's galloping pace. It's unusual for a song of this ilk to last much more than a few minutes but Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have mastered the art of keeping things interesting.
Quite how is a question for musicians though as the same rhythm and beat intertwines through your thoughts and slight tangents into different territories break the unending sound. It's utterly brilliant and completely fascinating and needs to be listened too very loud to appreciate the finer moments. If push came to shove this just edges over the Dead track although in all fairness we are talking a different animal.
Not that the two tracks are all that different. Both aim to take you on a trip and expand your mind and in their own separate ways do this very well. Lets hope that the two acts work together again very soon as they seem to bring out the best in each other. Buy this single and support two of the very best psych bands you'll hear today.