6 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The New York trio Psychic Paramount takes its time between records (it’s been six years since its previous outing), and one assumes relentless practice and live shows may be responsible for the surprisingly tight and cohesive jazz-jam psych-rock these three churn out. There are math and post-rock elements to Psychic Paramount's music, and the trio excels at carving a kind of order out of what could feel like chaos in less disciplined hands. Yet there's danger lurking at every other turn. II is the opposite of a sophomore slump, with the band honing its chops, finding new ways to extend, say, the spooling of tension or the suspension of a coda, using pointedly complex percussion, polyrhythmic guitars, or sudden interludes of implosive noise. Psychic Paramount's toolbox is vast and diverse: guitars buzz and ring like a truck-sized windchime, or menace with distortion, or drone in Krautrock bliss. White space invokes sophisticated atmospherics in one place, while claustrophobic, dense layers undulate and pulse in others. It’s an oddly beautiful record, adding much to the current milieu of instrumental rock, “post-“ or otherwise.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The New York trio Psychic Paramount takes its time between records (it’s been six years since its previous outing), and one assumes relentless practice and live shows may be responsible for the surprisingly tight and cohesive jazz-jam psych-rock these three churn out. There are math and post-rock elements to Psychic Paramount's music, and the trio excels at carving a kind of order out of what could feel like chaos in less disciplined hands. Yet there's danger lurking at every other turn. II is the opposite of a sophomore slump, with the band honing its chops, finding new ways to extend, say, the spooling of tension or the suspension of a coda, using pointedly complex percussion, polyrhythmic guitars, or sudden interludes of implosive noise. Psychic Paramount's toolbox is vast and diverse: guitars buzz and ring like a truck-sized windchime, or menace with distortion, or drone in Krautrock bliss. White space invokes sophisticated atmospherics in one place, while claustrophobic, dense layers undulate and pulse in others. It’s an oddly beautiful record, adding much to the current milieu of instrumental rock, “post-“ or otherwise.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

What is this?

RMoncivais,

This album is awesome. It will destroy your insides.

Mind Melt Mix

The Goose 04,

Don't know much about this band...where they're from, how long they've been around, etc...but on first listen its a heady mix of Explosions In The Sky-Mogwai post rock and Tortoise-y jazz rhythms with some more bluesy guitar licks thrown in...a nice find!

Fantastic

Rezxam,

Some of the best music of 2011. This music is candy to my ears.

About The Psychic Paramount

With the demise of Laddio Bolocko, guitarist Drew St. Ivany and bassist Ben Armstrong felt the need to pursue further musical endeavors, and in 2002 formed the avant-garde, post-rock psych outfit the Psychic Paramount. Based in New York, the pair began work on acoustic recordings before taking the plunge on a quickly put together European tour shortly after forming. A drummer -- Tatsuya Nakatani -- was roped in for the gigs, and off they went. The tour was a success, not just in helping the outfit hone its skills, but -- mainly -- in that the Psychic Paramount came back with a live CD ready to go. The live debut, Live 2002: The Franco-Italian Tour, was released on Bewilderment and Illumination, and was paired with a handful of Super 8 footage, and would see release in 2005. While the live record wasn't technically the first official release for the Psychic Paramount -- they had already put out Origins and Primitives, Vol. 1 -- the live offering would be their first real statement of intent. Unfortunately, Nakatani left the group soon after returning from the European jaunt, and was replaced by Sabers drummer Jeff Conaway. With the new roster in place, the Paramount entered the studio to work on 2005's Gamelan into the Mink Supernatural, which would eventually see release on No Quarter. In 2006, that same label reissued the band's Origins and Primitives release, adding on a volume 2, and putting it out on vinyl and CD. In 2007, the Psychic Paramount was found touring the United States with fellow avant-rockers Trans Am. ~ Chris True

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • FORMED
    2002

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