BISMUT ‘Retrocausality’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

So Dutch band Bismut were a completely new unit to me prior to this but a live stream of ‘Obscuramento’ piqued my interest. Long songs, no vocals, played by a power trio who seem to have locked horns in some kinda deranged psychic rehearsal room cage match. Last man playing wins the jackpot! A serious project to undertake, I’d say.

Retrocausality is, as you’d expect from the premise, a hefty, liquid soundscape. Each track is finely crafted, and the band themselves can play like absolute motherfuckers, and throw into the cauldron some red-hot effects wizardry, you got in ya hands one of the most interesting records of the year. Continue reading

BISMUT ‘Oscuramento’ Video Release.

Oscuramento is the opening track for Dutch progressive heavy psych power trio Bismut’s new album, Retrocausality set for release on the 25th September 2020.

Oscuramento means blackout in Italian, which fits the overarching theme of the record – a dark, non-linear interpretation of time. Recorded live in one take, its ominous and powerful grooves make for a deeply satisfying journey through Bismut’s many musical influences. The video combines Bismut’s recent live rendition of the song for Sonic Whip’s live stream with a visual adaptation of the record’s artwork – which was made by award-winning artist’s Studio Another Day and Maria Dabrowski.

Drummer Peter described his experience of the live stream as follows. “We were on fire, lost in time and space, delivering a superb show. We satisfied our need for flow and showed the world we are a band to be reckoned with.” Continue reading

ETHYL ETHER ‘Chrome Neon Jesus’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.
Photo – Louis van Zyl.

Opening my email in the wee small hours, I found lurking the new release by Ethyl Ether, titled Chrome Neon Jesus. Just another bunch of rockers with one foot in the glitter, the other in the grave I thought, but I duly slung it onto the record machine. Let’s just say, I’m fucking glad I did. These southerners (Ok, South Africans to be precise) have certainly got a handle on making a great record. They’re not a one trick pony either, and cover some fairly broad ground stylistically with their material.

The opener to CNJ is ‘The Smoke Waits For No Man’, whose breezy intro quickly becomes a neat ’70s era tune. And mayhaps Scummo [Aust PM – Ed] can purloin this tune as a soundtrack to his next clusterfuck, sorry, I mean “Political Campaign”! This one also had me waiting with bated breath for an epic synth solo, but sadly, they didn’t deliver on this promise. Continue reading