Yes, Psychedelia. But before the issue goes in a loop, among echoes from Canterbury, Palo Alto or now-a-days Lombardia, as in the case in question, maybe it’s worth spending some time admiring the splendid artwork of “Lost Lands” by the Marie Byrd Land Band, illustration of a mindset and a real manifesto of intent for a new psychedelia.
We can already see from the artwork the suspended alternative reality like atmosphere, the hallucinatory extravagance that is sought in such an album. An abstract, colorful hyperdream, lively interpreted by this young band, that have already been accustomed for some years to publications and in various formats.
There is everywhere the sensation of a well-coordinated live formula that wanted to be faithfully reproduced in studio, ensuring its solidness and enhancing the dynamic harmony among the elements in the game. So between twisted organs, soaring wah-wah, lullabies and swirling splinters of moody folk, we find ourselves immersed in a swirl of Paisley visions, but also in more Mediterranean nuances. Lo-fi recordings and delicious DIY packaging testify an accurate overview of their project, in this excellent opportunity for listening/abstraction that fans of the genre can only appreciate.Nando Dorelassi