I must admit that good and well played krautrock with some healthy psychedelic injection is something that I often enjoy. The Portland band Abronia deliver a pretty and nice fresh Krautrock. Three days ago they released the sophomore album The Whole Of Each Eye. Abronia is a psych sextet with two guitars, pedal steel, tenor saxophone, bass, and a big drum. The Whole of Each Eye, is an entirely unexplored dimension, populated by an extremely diverse collection of sounds, textures and moods. The track Half Hail,
The Portland band has truly evolved since the release of their first record, 2017’s epic Obsidian Visions/Shadowed Lands, in more ways than one. The group’s sound has mutated and flourished in a way that just feels so right, like it was fate that brought them to this point.
Half of the line-up has shifted in the two years since their great debut album, but the same berserk stack of musical elements remains on the table. The track Cross The Hill,
A lot of bands who fly the psych banner these days have a minimalist view of the music, and choose a sort of post-shoegaze lassitude to present their vision. This can be astoundingly great, of course, but it also fails to address the central gobble-crazed nature of true psychedelia. Many of history’s greatest psych outfits were hewn from bizarre hybrids of disparate parts. Frankenstein monsters in search of sacred ecstasy. Taken together, these freakishly disparate elements mange to create a very nice and simmering whole. The track Cauldron`s Gold,
Totally unexpected bits pop up amidst their rhapsodic jamming, conjuring shards of memory as disparate as Relf-era Renaissance, Joseph Byrd’s United States of America, and even (at least in spots) real early Siouxsee. These are just a few examples of how wide Abronia cast their net. Their instrumental brunt moves from neo-prog to folk rock to thunderheads cast in the same mold as the Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s.