Amorphous Androgynous: A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble

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

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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

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.