The new record from Weird Owl is a a head-trip, really. Produced by Psychic TV guitarist Jeff Berner and with a guest appearance by Genesis P-Orridge, Bubblegum Brainwaves is the band's sixth release in recent years and it's a lot of fun.
Numbers like "Invisibility Cloak" bristle with a nice blend of psych-rock and New Wave, while "Black Never White" offers up sleeker textures. If "Such A Myth" is downright lovely, that moment of calm on the record is offset by the blistering "War" which is fuzzier and rougher around the edges. If some of this is a little loose, like the epic-length "Bartholomew Iris", far more successful is "Tired Old Sun" which closes the record on a nice melange of the many elements at play in the output of Weird Owl.
Bubblegum Brainwaves is out tomorrow. It is an adventurous and lively record of the sort that should please fans of bands as diverse as MGMT, Super Furry Animals, and The Flaming Lips. More details are available via the Bandcamp link below, or via the band's official Facebook page.
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