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Thrill Jockey double: Guardian Alien and Pontiak

It’s been a while since we did a Thrill Jockey “double feature”, and to be honest I’d kinda overlooked these until last week, hence this unusually concise post: first up we have former Liturgy and current Zs drummer Greg Fox’s second release for the label under his Guardian Alien guise. Spiritual Emergency finds Fox backed by a full band, combining controlled rhythmic chaos with avant-funk interjections, electronics and spoken-word samples to create one of the trippiest, most exhilarating psych-rock records this side of the Boredoms’ catalogue; listen to a preview “montage” below.

For those who like their altered states to be more mellow than manic, the latest offering of back-to-basics bong-rock from Blue Ridge Mountain boys Pontiak should do the trick. Innocence is the prolific Carney brothers’ seventh long-player in as many years, and hammers home just how ridiculous it is that these guys aren’t the superstars of stoner rock they deserve to be. Good old-fashioned blunt object riffage in the Cream/ Led Zep mould, with enough subtle nods to metal and Krautrock to make Julian Cope choke on his mushrooms; check out the roaring title track below.

Spiritual Emergency by Guardian Alien and Innocence by Pontiak are both out now on Thrill Jockey.


About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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