Articles by Martyn Coppack
There is something quite special about a Prana Crafter release, and to get this album on vinyl is a rather wonderful thing. Mastered by Chris Hardman, the music punches a hole into your psychedelic mind, and fills it with peace and calm.
An album that’s not for the casual listener, but certainly one that pays if you give it chance. The energy can overcome you at times, but when the band hit their stride they sound like the greatest free-form jazz/psych band ever.
Within all the intense noise, what you do have is an album which once again shows Mike Vest as being one of the prime exponents of psych in the UK (and elsewhere for that matter).
If traditional song structures are your thing then you are probably best steering clear of this album, but if you are after some excellent freak-out jazz psych then dive right in.
Psychogeology is one of those albums which reveals itself more and more as you poke around its little crannies. At first it seems deceptively simple, but as you explore further you realise there is some sublime artistry and craft going on
Overall though, an at times gorgeous listen which makes at times makes demands on your listening to make for an altogether interesting experience.
With a line-up consisting of members of Harsh Toke, Joy, Loom and Radio Moscow, you would imagine that offshoot group Volcano would offer something quite remarkable. What you might not expect is a full on Afrobeat album steeped in a lysergic stew of San Diego acid.
Fun is what’s missing though, and what made part of the Skraeckoedlan experience so exciting. There’s nothing wrong with this album, and the discerning fuzz rocker will find much too love.
“For me Drone Rock Records has been a hobby first and foremost so its never been about making loads of money and retiring to Necker Island a la Branson”. Martyn Coppack talks psych & the hazards of running a small label with Adam from Drone Rock Records.
From pure psychedelic freak out, to exploratory ramblings, and all imbued with a sense of communal priority to create together a work of immense intelligence, Chef is an album which begs for continued listens and deep immersion.
On hearing Windborne for the first time, perhaps the most surprising thing is that it is their debut album
You may have heard it all before, but when it’s delivered in such zest as this you would be remiss not to enjoy the album for what it is. It’s a wonderful reminder of times gone by, and in the power of good song-writing and melodies.
Explosive, exploratory and intense, Zero Fucks is a curt reminder that Helicon are a band to remain resolutely aware of.
About The Light is a varied listen, and may actually be the most open and accessible that Mason has been for a long time, if ever. This variety provides a playful impact and results in an album where you keep finding extra little treats
Already cutting a rather singular path through the psych strewn landscape, here they cement themselves as leaders of their own continually evolving space.
In some respects, the gung-ho spirit of the debut album was what made Arcadian Child such a delightful prospect, and whilst they may head down more calmer routes this time, they still retain that initial glee
“I think, as probably with any art, if you are the person creating it, it’s very difficult to not put some of yourself into it. I know that I wouldn’t be keen on that art if this was not the case.”
Enter the Stream is a release which evokes the true meaning of psychedelic music, Prana Crafter, or Will Sol as he is known outside of his moniker, has crafted an album which is beautiful, spiritual and supremely tripped out. In order to find out more about this enigma, Echoes and Dust sent Martyn Coppack along for a chat.
If either Orion, or Repeater whetted your appetite for this band, then Longing For The Mountain is that moment where you find a band really maturing and becoming something that could be really special.
This band have it all, through wonderful melodic songs, an uber-cool image, an attitude which reeks of rock and roll, and the ability to make you smile.
For all its heavy monstrous drones and gasps of industrial noise, there is something almost enticing about this release. It’s come at a time where both bands are at the height of their powers, and it really shines through.