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New Be­gin­nings

CEN­TURY ME­DIA Free­wheel­ing blues/psych troupe keep spread­ing the jams

San Diego’s fever­ish psych rock re­vival­ists have re­turned with an­other bong-spark­ing blowout, packed to the brim with blaz­ing tem­pos, cartwheel­ing jams and the wild-eyed shred­ding of front­man Parker Griggs. Ex­pertly chan­nelling the kalei­do­scopic in­ter­sec­tion of elec­tric blues and cos­mic psychedeli­a in the late 60s, tracks like Last To Know and De­ceiver richly evoke the sense of free­wheel­ing in­dul­gence and im­pro­vi­sa­tional show­man­ship of that era. Jams build upon jams with­out any re­gard for brevity and re­straint, in sharp con­trast to mod­ern con­ven­tions. That said, the field of mi­croscopy has yet to ad­vance to the de­gree nec­es­sary to mea­sure the stylis­tic dif­fer­ences be­tween the new al­bum and its pre­de­ces­sor, Magic Dirt.

As such, New Be­gin­nings is not so much a new chap­ter as a de­fi­antly joy­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the Zep­pelin style of blues that would one day give birth to heavy metal. FOR FANS OF: RI­VAL SONS, WOLFMOTHER, SCOR­PION CHILD

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