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Asimov – Overseas (2013) review

October 31, 2013

Asimov – Overseas (2013) review

Asimov “Overseas” (Black Cat, 2013)
Sophomore effort from this Portuguese
psychedelic outfit is full of fuzzy, wah-wah guitars, chunky drumming, and
hallucinogenic, chanting vocals. Simple, minimalist rhythms pump through the
opener, which seems to be two disparate songs strung together to form a
cohesive whole: “Running Around In Circles/This City Is Dead”. The first song
is a Hawkwind-inspired brainmelt while the latter is a pure punk adrenaline
rush, a la Motörhead on speed (admittedly an oxymoron!).
Their improvisational skills are to the
forefront on the incredibly hyperdriven (mostly) instrumental “Kingsize Mark”,
nearly nine minutes of swirling fuzz fading softly into a crystalline guitar
solo. Astute listeners may hear vestiges of the insane psychedelic excursions
of Acid Mothers Temple in some of the remaining track, from the screaming punk
bordering on heavy metal speedcore of “Stars Are But Wishes” to the epic
15-minute closer, “Grim Harvest/If Home Is Where The Heart Is Then I’ve Been
Homeless For A Long Time.” Even that title is pure Makoto Kawabata! You get
everything from Sabbathian sludgehammers [sic] [“Grim Harvest”] to Floydian
atmospherics (the chirping birds are straight out of “Grantchester Meadows”!),
a haunting, Morriconiesque female vocal perfectly suited for a Leone western,
and a tender, ruminative coda based around a lazy guitar solo that’s a perfect
background to your next siesta.
So to say this is all over the map
stylistically is an understatement, but when was the last psychedelic album
from Portugal that you heard? Asimov has set a new standard and I’m curious to
hear where they go from here.
Review made by Jeff Penczak/2013
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