I'm going to take a step that Darkside would appreciate and open this review with a recklessly bold statement: Psychic is a classic album. The 11-minute opening track, the Kubrickian level of detail, the efficient production, the structural and sequential ingenuity, the earthly sincerity, the cosmic ambition... I could write VOLUMES of superfluous descriptions. Someone stop me.
No? Okay, here's more. For the uninitiated, I'll attempt to describe what Psychic sounds like: lay out the deep-cut electronics of Nicholas Jaar's solo work within the rainy spaciousness of Talk Talk's Laughing Stock, and then sprinkle Pink Floyd-esque guitar leads and rhythms over the top. Voila! Delicious.
Psychic's biggest successes are its production and sense of direction. The lopsided beats and maximalist attitudes toward the stereo field are utterly mesmerizing. As if that were not enough, masterfully toned guitars stab the sonics like syringes into gelatin and heavily effected vocals drape over the mix like fondant. The result is as rich, enticing, and amorphous as its cover suggests. If the technical ambition of this record goes unrecognized, it will be a great shame.
Anyway, THIS volume has a word limit. Above all, Psychic is thoroughly captivating and inspires excessive writing. Listen ASAP.
- Album: Psychic
- Artist: Darkside
- Label: Matador/Other People
- Songs: (1) Golden Arrow (2) Sitra (3) Heart (4) Paper Trails (5) The Only Shrine I've Seen (6) Freak, Go Home (7) Greek Light (8) Metatron