Psychedelic Porn Crumpets overwhelm and bamboozle on Shyga! The Sunlight Mound

Worlds collide on Psychedelic Porn Crumpets' fourth album Shyga! The Sunlight Mound, in a cornucopia of multi-coloured, high-speed sound

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets: Shyga! The Sunlight Mound
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At first glance it would be easy to dismiss Psychedelic Porn Crumpets as some kind of elaborate joke sent over from the former colonies. 

For sure, their name suggests the results of a three-day bender, while the music – an amalgam of psychedelia, prog, space rock and punk all concocted and mixed in a garage that possibly doubles up as an after-hours LSD lab – can overwhelm and bamboozle. 

And yet, for all that, there’s plenty here to enjoy and savour once the reorientation of the senses has been achieved

The fourth album from these Aussies gallops at a breathless pace, its 14 tracks crashing into one other with scant regard for personal safety. 

Peeling away the layers, it’s easy to see why. Tally-Ho’s celebration of irresponsible hedonism (‘One more line of avalanche winterland handicap, bleeding from the nostril’) is evoked brilliantly by a well-drilled band adept at firing off twisting riffs and spluttering time signatures. 

Elsewhere Glitter Bug evokes Yes, albeit compressed from a Topographic Ocean into a sparkling nugget. Exuberant throughout, PPC’s trip has notched up a gear.

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.