2012 looks set to be a big year for Thrill Jockey, with the esteemed Chicago label marking its 20th birthday with a packed release schedule that will include reissues of classic albums as well as new offerings from old favourites and new additions to the roster. Who knows, we might even get the new Boredoms album we’ve been promised for the past five years! Hot on the heels of the lovely Jason Urick album comes the debut collection from Rhyton, a new experimental power trio featuring Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer & The Helix/ No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills) and Spencer Herbst (Messages); originally conceived by Shuford following the recording of his album of traditional Greek music, Arghiledes, as a means of incorporating his collection of middle eastern string instruments into a more contemporary, improv/ psych setting, Rhyton transports the listener to a seriously far-out headspace with fuzzy riffs and SeiTang’s trance-inducing bass throb bouncing around the stereo field like tape-delayed distress signals from stoned aliens about to fly straight into the heart of the sun. It’s a sprawling, psychedelic mess that continually threatens to spill out of control, but Herbst’s nimble Krautrock-y drumming does an impressive job of keeping his comrades reigned-in. Check out a few of the LP’s lengthy jams at the group’s Soundcloud page.
Rhyton is out January 24 on Thrill Jockey