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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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This album is awesome. It will destroy your insides.

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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!


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


Formed: 2002 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

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...
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