Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - Night Gnomes: "their best yet!"

Australian space cadets are back with their best album yet.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
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It would be erroneous to think that a work rate of five albums in six years would suggest an easing off of the quality control pedal on the part of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Indeed, much like the third-eye experience that informs their name, the western Australian quintet process an incredible amount of information and influences that have included space rock, punk, prog and yes, psychedelia, to create
a dense and frequently intense yet pleasurable experience. But while there’s no change on that score, Night Gnomes proves to be their most cohesive and finest statement to date.  

If their previous albums have skidded and spun in the most thrilling of manners, this is where the trip is deep and precise. The gradual and undulating pulses of opener Terminus The Creator are redolent of a rave that’s just beginning to crank up as it ushers in the pile-driving Lava Lamp Pisco.

Elsewhere, the hypnotically gorgeous Slinky Holy Water is a direct descendant of King Crimson’s first incarnation as Mellotron-like keyboards wash over snaking, twisting basslines. Crucially, a greater sense of melodicism underpins the entire album that creates focus in their aural kaleidoscope.

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Julian Marszalek is the former Reviews Editor of The Blues Magazine. He has written about music for Music365, Yahoo! Music, The Quietus, The Guardian, NME and Shindig! among many others. As the Deputy Online News Editor at Xfm he revealed exclusively that Nick Cave’s second novel was on the way. During his two-decade career, he’s interviewed the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne, and has been ranted at by John Lydon. He’s also in the select group of music journalists to have actually got on with Lou Reed. Marszalek taught music journalism at Middlesex University and co-ran the genre-fluid Stow Festival in Walthamstow for six years.