ARTIST: Desert Mountain Tribe
RELEASE: Either That Or The Moon
RELEASE DATE: 11th March 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Metropolis Records & Membran(UK).
Dear pseudo psych bands – Unplug your puny phaser pedal, and pull up a pew. Here’s a lesson in the head-spinning world of psychedelic sound, 2016-style from Desert Mountain Tribe and their debut album Either That Or The Moon. Note the analogue delays creating dizzying drones, study the mesmerising power of repetition, submit yourself to the rhythm of the riff. If you follow these tenets, as so aptly displayed by DMT, there may yet be hope. If not, you’ll be trapped in a sub-Kasabian purgatory. Suffice to say Either That Or The Moon is a hefty swedge of satisfying psychedelia – scuffed, swirling and bone-crushing in all the right places.
Opener ‘Feel The Light’ launches this space rocket of sound, countdown and all. There’s a dusty swagger to ‘Take A Ride’, with its lyrics about big cars and dreams. Bigger is definitely better for Desert Mountain Tribe, they are not a band who seem interested in confinement or restraint, so the chorus to ‘Midnight Sky’ is expansive and perhaps a tad grandiose. There’s some devilishly good tape delay in ‘Heaven and Hell’, a repetitive rumble that makes the head spin. Single ‘Runway’ is a good ole rock n roll tune. There’s hint of Southern rock about it and it could almost tip over into convention line, if it were not for that rich palette of sound which keeping it heavy. ‘Enos in Space’ has a strong sixties vibe, with organ featuring high in the mix, and those Byrdsian harmonies. There’s a brief clearing of the psychic fog with ‘Way Down’, but before long, the drums are pounding, there’s a huge fuzz explosion and an all-encompassing wah-wah solo. ‘OC Dream’ marks a change of pace on the record. It all seems to slow down. We float along on the updrafts of the melodic bass. The icy lament of ‘Interstellar’ sends out space signals that soon explode in the sky. With the fuzzed-out slow dance of ‘Coming Down’, we’re into a dark place on this trip and it is here in this suffocating, swirling spot we stay.‘Leave It Behind’ is a cowboy tale with a sinister sway that breaks down into a huge stramash of sound.
Either That Or The Moon is quite a journey and one that’s not afraid to lead us into the shadier edges of the psyche, but it’s definitely a trip that’s worth taking.
The album gets its full release on the 11th March 2016 via Metropolis Records (Membran in the UK).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.