Blackest Rainbow


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I think I've enjoyed everything I've heard by Cursillistas (Time Lag/Digitalis) and the latest split cassettes with Love Cult on Blackest Rainbow is no exception. Portland, Maine's Matt Lajoie is the man that creates lush psychedelia with a kind of outsider folk influence. This 23 minute number is a mysterious transporter into his world where the blues is stripped to its most sparse elements and ghostly vocals hover over like a most pleasant hallucination. Lovely stuff. Flip the tape and there are two tracks from Russia's Love Cult who are totally new to me and start with the superbly titled 'Breadcrumb Pony Tail'. I'm really getting into the feel of this one with the bleeps and shimmering guitars that give it a wobbly liquid feel. Gradually things become more smothered in effects and it gets super trippy. Then 'Somn' brings the noise that really does it for me, lots of unrecognizable sounds being smothered by a big black fuzzy cloud. Both sides here are really superb and come very much recommended.