In celebration of tomorrow’s official unveiling via Small Stone Recordings, today the volume peddlers at The Obelisk offer up a full stream of Spirit Knife, the newest full-length from Swedish psychedelic space rock perpetrators, JEREMY IRONS & THE RATGANG MALIBUS, alongside the official video for first single, “Wind Seized.”
Dubbed “a blissful mixture of Soundgarden at their grooviest and Pink Floyd, creating a terrific album of sunny day, top down, cruising music,” by Mass Movement, Spirit Knife was recorded at Puch Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, mixed by Viktor Källgren, produced by the JIRM collective and mastered by Chris Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace et al) at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Boasting an overwhelming deluge of guitar passages that rattle, roll, shimmy and soar with oceanic reverb that coil around thrumming keys and mesmerizing Motorik drums to incite cyclical hypnosis for protracted song-suites, JIRM achieves optimal tantric tension and release through sound. Envision Jeff Buckley jamming with Can, and you’ll have a fair gist of the fantastic voyage that awaits the armies of the Spirit Knife; an album that finds JIRM rekindling their time-traveling communion with vintage psychedelia and Krautrock, while expanding on the sonic palette revealed by the ensemble’s past full-lengths, Elefanta and Bloom.
Elaborates The Obelisk, “Cuts like ‘Point Growth’ delve into sweet, wide-open, Cream-style psychedelic blues, distinguished immediately through the use of organ, while elsewhere, ‘Sworn Collision’ takes ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ head-on to a place no less endearing for its relative minimalism. The key to the album, though, is immersion. Much as one might look at the moniker JEREMY IRONS AND THE RATGANG MALIBUS and feel lost within it before getting to the last syllable, so too does 10:37 opener ‘Fog By The Steep’ prove encompassing, a languid, rolling groove demonstrating an underlying core of heavy rock that consistently works its way into and through the ensuing full-length as guitarist/vocalist Karl Apelmo, guitarist Micke Pettersson, bassist Viktor Källgren and drummer Henke Persson – as well as guest organist Patrik Kolar, whose contributions aren’t to be forgotten – weave smoothly through atmospheres alternately rambunctious and serene, drawing rounded lines between so that Spirit Knife eases the listener along their path.”
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“..a belted free-spirit epic of canyon-dipped vocals glazing an elevated terrace of red rocks and staggering majesty. These guitars sail only to erupt and spray a dusty terrain with gold flakes, stunning with solos, riffing and rolling with sticky cosmic hope. It’s impossible to hide the beauty amid the heavy hollows as your head tilts 90Âº and elemental variance threads spirals due North. This opus accomplishes more than simple seizure.” – HeavyPlanet on the track, “Wind Seized”