Well, it’s official. If you were one of the folks lucky enough to see the garage-psychers of Lorelle Meets the Obsolete at Bathaus in June, I a) hate you/am jealous of you and b) admire your taste in music. Thing is, though, this band is pretty freaking awesome, so hopefully they’ll go on a massive tour and come back to Boston sooner than later.
Their latest 7″ features two tracks of dark, eerie psych rock accented by Lorelle’s saccharine, ghostly vocals. “What’s Holding You?” is more traditional psych (think Black Angels) while “Medicine to Cure Medicine Sickness” is a wee more jangly (think Raveonettes). It’s so exciting to hear a female vocalist propel these songs– her powerfully feminine voice contrasts so well with the music and makes you realize that psych rock would benefit from more lady singers. Another great thing about these tunes: they don’t succumb to a problem that frequently plagues psych-rock; that is, neither song forces itself to be unnecessarily heavy or noisy in order to achieve that dark, droning psych sound. It’s just heavy enough, just fuzzy enough, just dark enough to sound effortless yet pretty damn creepy.
It’s also worth noting that this band is from Guadalajara, Mexico. You’d never be able to guess it just from listening to this song, but it definitely does make me anxious to hear more music from (insert nickname locals use for Guadalajara here).
If you dig these tunes, they’ll be available on a nice 7″ slab of wax from Sonic Cathedral/Captcha on September 23rd. If you’re more inclined to buy LPs, keep an eye out for the band’s forthcoming LP, Chambers, set to be released in early 2014, or find yourself a copy of Corruptible Faces, which was released by Captcha earlier this year.