New LP - Herbcraft - Astral Body Electric - The mighty Woodsist label returns with another blotter tongued record from Herbcraft and here's what's happening:
"Three years on from the initial Herbcraft blurt, The Astral Body Electric sees the sonic seeds sown in previous wax transmissions blossom in full. Once the isolationist bedroom-psych project of Matt Lajoie, Herbcraft has in recent years sprawled out in many different full-band incarnations—duo, trio, quartet, sextet—for tours and heady super-sessions at their HQ in Maine. Their third album finds the most enduring lineup of the band at its peak: songs half-composed, half-improvised, and played with freewheeling first-take intensity. Recorded direct to tape by Doug Tuttle (Mmoss) in an 18th-century New England barn, The Astral Body Electric captures the Herbcraft soundworld in its most-natural habitat by focusing on analog recording techniques (spring reverb, tape delay, hands-on flange). Lajoie’s unhinged electric guitar swirls around Dawn Aquarius’s wah’ed organ riffs, Nicholas Barker’s kosmische-inspired drums and synth, and Corinna Marshall’s trilled-out flute and circular bass, complete with nebulous group vocals and auxiliary support from Doug and Aaron Neveu (Woods). “Aurally massaged” into the 4th dimension by Matt “MV” Valentine via his signature “Spectrasound” mastering technique, The Astral Body Electric is psychedelic, mantric, free-rock music for the mind and body, and the most expansive, fully-realized, and confident Herbcraft record yet."
Herbcraft might be one of thee most aptly named ensembles to currently be cruising the planet. Their late night groovers are perfect concoctions of fuzz guitar trills, staccato organ riffs, lilting flute passages, breathy in the mist vocals and in the pocket slow jam rhythm section finds the group laying out mellow hypnotic acid folk psychedelia that wouldn't surprise us if they said this stuff was actually recorded in 1973 and put out in a private press edition negative numbered test presses, only heard by like half an ear. Gentle jams and stony sonics make "Astral Body Electric" a must own album. This thing's perfect for putting on after a long day of dealing with the world and just zoning out to its bliss filled magic carpet rides of head in the clouds psyche floaters. Uncannily Recommended.