Unknown Pleasures #53 ft. Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation, The Gods Themselves, Car Seat Headrest

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The Gods Themselves (Photo by Michael Doucett)

The Gods Themselves (Photo by Michael Doucett)

Getintothis’ Patrick Clarke continues his stalker-like obsession with Rocket Recordings, gets seedy in Seattle and surrenders to the hazy bombast in episode 53 of  his weekly introducing round-up.

It’s no secret how much I love Rocket Recordings. In fact my very first article for this website was about how much I love Rocket Recordings. If ever they’ve an artist eligible for a top 10 must-sees before a festival they’re the first on my list, if ever I can shoehorn them into this column, I will. I really love Rocket Recordings. I even bought a Rocket Recordings t-shirt at Psych Fest last year. I’m pretty sure they think I’m weird.

The stalking, however, shall continue unabated, especially when their output’s as formidable as new airing Take Me Beyond from Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation. A heady injection of transporting psych via Trans-Europe Express, it’s a circling, spinning four minutes backed with a heavenly lift that’s a sumptuous chink of light to counterpoint the inky, villainous intensity of their finest labelmates – and my other psych obsession right now – Hey Colossus

A far cry from the earnest transportation of Öhrn and co, Seattle threesome The Gods Themselves‘ new set, Pink Champagne tingles with a kick of sexuality and sleaze. From the jabbing, winking groove of opener Tangerines they slide their way into a heady seedy spin of funk, rock and psych that hits a monolithic peak  with a seven minute acid-western-psychedelic-croon cover of You’re the One That I WantAstra Elane and Dustin Patterson trading croons and wails just the right side of tuning. It’s impeccable.

Fellow Seattleite (a word, apparently) Car Seat Headrest, finally, knocks lo-fi hooks for the proverbial six on the latest taster from his Matador debut LP Teens of Style. The track, Times to Die, is as good a proof as I can remember that lo-fi need not be weedy, layers and layers of distorted, hazy guitar and trumpet probing in judders and erupting at the chorus in a grayscale kaleidoscope.

It’s yet to appear on Souncloud, so this week’s playlist contain’s older, though just as brilliant number America (Never Been), along with all the other tracks mentioned this week.

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