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White Noise Sound: Like A Pyramid Of Fire

Psychedelic drone-rock from the Welsh wizards.

This Swansea-formed sextet pretty much do what their name suggests, but with pulsating flashes of invention.

Having worked across an eight-year career with leading figures of the Spacemen 3-Spiritualized-Brian Jonestown Massacre tribe, their second album sees them abetted by Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals) and Belfast producer Phil Kieran. Alternatively metronomic/motorik or a bruising behemoth of surging swirling slabs of sound, this is a mesmeric onslaught. Opener and single Heavy Echo is like six sets of Dandy Warhols riffing at once, and their use of limitless echoing layers is colossally confident. Bow then throws a curveball by shadowing Suicide’s spookier elements. If the album then threatens for a spell to get a bit Spacemen 3-by-numbers, it roars back into life with the molten lava of Red Light. Step Into The Light then swells from a whisper to a hymn, loping like a wounded beast, and Feel It is like a mournful Moroder. This is all in thrall to the blissed-out musical tropes they admire, but it’s a turbocharged tribute, with everything turned up to 11. It’s hard not to get swept up in their earnest endeavours, or razed by their juddering juggernaut.

Chris Roberts has written about music, films, and art for innumerable outlets. His new book The Velvet Underground is out April 4. He has also published books on Lou Reed, Elton John, the Gothic arts, Talk Talk, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Abba, Tom Jones and others. Among his interviewees over the years have been David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Bryan Ferry, Al Green, Tom Waits & Lou Reed. Born in North Wales, he lives in London.