So, here we are at the latest Terminal Lovers release ‘As Eyes Burn Clean’. Teaming up with those nutters over at Public Guilt, who deliver the label nonsense we need to get these things to the outer reaches, the Lovers have released an album featuring their trademark hot rock action, fused with their ever-expanding psyche/noise freakouts.
Recent recordings (Basement Tapes Vol II, Release Valve Rattle to name two) have showcased their headphone-caving drone workouts, but this full-length, the first since Drama Pit and Loan, returns the Lovers (someway) back to their riff heritage. Whilst the riffs exist, the psychedelia born of those droney releases comes to the fore on Eyes.
Five tracks make up this (currently) vinyl-only release. Side A features Press the Bank, Ion Gate, Shadow Driver and Steve Ashby, however upon listens, the first three tracks meld into one long rock/psych road, traversing riffs, drones and fuzz whilst being held in check by the rock solid rhythm section. Steve Ashby sits by itself as, seemingly, the lone short-fast-loud song on the record.
Side B features a 23-minute epic piece ‘Truth Between Errors’. This song is ‘split’ into three parts, linked together by glorious fuzz extensions. The first ‘part’ is a re-working of ‘Sacred and the Man’, first heard on the limited, now very-hard-to-get 7” of the same name, released by Unfortunate Miracle. Part II features the extended version of the song ‘Truth Between Errors’, which was self-released as a CDr by Dave Cintron on his Biological Recordings label, limited to an insanely low 10 copies only (…I have one…). Part III is a new jam ‘Sunlit Rings’ which closes the album out in the most beautiful ways, giving an undeniable nod to early Stones. Lead breaks fight it out for ascendency over the top of a magma-hot low-end only to dissipate into the ether as you approach climax. F’cking, sex on stereo people.
There are most-certainly Eastern touches to the affair, there’s the impeccable guitar work, there’s the undeniable groove and understated, yet completely hard-as-nails rhythm section and most notably, the stoned-if–you-like-it vibe from some of the most talented twenty-first century psychedelia players going around the traps.
Recommended. Now. Get it.
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