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Amorphous Androgynous: A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble

Brit knob-twiddlers go walkabout on their latest sonic adventure.

It’s always a pleasure to find a new Amorphous Androgynous comp in the record racks, and having remixed Syd Arthur at the end of 2014, the Brit duo have now groove-mined Down Under for this double disc of Aussie and NZ cortex-ticklers.

The MSB series exists to dig the crates that we can’t possibly reach (or afford), so alongside names most people know – Tame Impala and Pond – are a wealth of new ones to discover. Disc one is the most immediate, with instant grats in the Wolfmother-like Doug Jerebine, a Tull/Bowie hybrid in Melissa’s Getting Through, and a bit of mod-fuzz action from Sons Of The Vegetal Mother. Disc two is deeper, more textural and a bit annoying if you’re playing it in public, in daylight, sober. But on headphones, late at night, this headier brew takes the soft-rock 70s psych of SJC Powell’s Governor Lane and steers us deftly through Rob Thomsett’s Moogy blues, Leong Lau’s cosmic jams and the Gong-like electronica of Steve Maxwell Von Braund. Madder Lake ransack Donovan’s Superlungs and Mandu tackle Gimme Shelter before the slightly scary didgeridoo cut-up Wandjina sends us on an extrasensory trip beyond the black stump. Bewdy.

Jo Kendall

Embracing weird, wild and wonderful sounds, Prog's Associate Editor Jo's also a Classic Rock columnist, an avid tea-drinker and cupcake fancier.