Review: Chalaque - Sounds From the Other Ideology
(Cassette, Feathered Coyote Records, 2013)
Shiiiiiiiiit, it seems like Feathered Coyote Records are trying to kill me with the overload of psychedelic bliss on their latest, absolutely killer batch or something! Because Chalaque’s “Sounds From the Other Ideology” continues exacty from the point where Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura finished on their “Untitled” cassette. Chalaque features Nick Nitchell (of Desmadrados fame), this time joined by Nick Hardiman (of Rambutan and BURNT HILLS, and you probably know what to expect of him!) and Pascal Nichols (of ace psych folk UK unit Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides). So this time we get a power trio and an equally powerful trip into the psychedelic madness of both tracks that take up the entire cassette.
There is no gentle, slowly unfolding beginning, no introduction of any sorts. Side A’s “Simple Mathemathics” plunge us head first into the lysergic, brain-scorching storm - and they don’t provide a lifejacket. Nick Mitchell SHREDS THE FUCK OUT on his guitar, as if he was trying to use the six-string instrument to drain the life energy from everybody in the room, while Hardiman and Nichols add to the festival of destruction, ripping massive pieces of flesh with every single note and drum hit they make. The contrast between Hardiman’s bass and Mitchell’s guitar is especially visible here, with the huge, fried basslines paving way for the wailing, hellish guitar soloing that sounds like a more garage-based Kawabata Makoto.
While “Simple Mathemathics” sounded like a trippified, more improvisational version of a classic heavy metal record, but still retainings some song structures here and there, the following “Toeing the Water of a Chasmic Absence” goes fully into the free improv avant-rock territory, leaving no limitations to the endlessly twisting and snaking guitar soloing and the jazzy drumming, topped by the sparse, droooooooooooning bass lines. It’s pure electricity turned up to 11, harkening back to the good ol’ Japanese school of black-and-white amplifier worship psychedelic noise rock that damaged earbuds and opened the Third Eye. “Sounds From the Other Ideology” does pretty much the same, but with a more “classical” psychedelic artwork added. It’s one of the most uncompromising, pedal-to-the-metal, burning and scratching psychedelic rock albums of this year. If not THE most extreme one. Highly recommended.