Herbcraft – Wot Oz (2015)

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For a three-piece band from Portland, Maine, Herbcraft sound surprising similar to a European band from the early 1970s playing psychedelic/Krautrock while stretching the limits of those genres.

For me, Krautrock was always a mash-up of psychedelic and progressive rock. Singer Julian Cope has compared Herbcraft to the soundscapes once created by the Krautrock German band, Amon Duul II, but I would have to also throw in another German band, Tangerine Dream equally as well. Some of early Pink Floyd’s space rock passages from 1969-70 also come to mind.

Herbcraft’s fourth album Wot Oz (Woodsist Records) is a saturated-sounding mono four-track recording — and it’s pretty intense stuff, with that kind of self-imposed recording limitation. I don’t think this way-out music would sound out of place at a rave, if those underground events still happen these days in some form.

Out of all of the album’s instrumentals, “Push Thru the Veil” is the best example of quasi-rave music on Herbcraft’s Wot Oz. However, when you listen to all six of these long pieces straight through — with some background chanting and shouting here and there — they all meld together. You’re probably going to think you’ve reached the deepest outer reaches of space.

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott has written for Shindig, Twist and Shake, Garage & Beat and Ugly Things. A big fan of all things rock and roll - especially the British Invasion, garage rock, psychedelic, new wave, folk rock, surf and power pop - he was a consultant on Sundazed Music's reissue of 'The Best of Butch Engle & The Styx: No Matter What You Say' in 2000, and has also provided liner notes for Italy's Misty Lane Records. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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