ARTIST: Hurricane Heart Attacks
RELEASE: Incredible Machine
RELEASE DATE: 08/12/15
RECORD COMPANY: Scotch Recordings
Argentinian psych/space rockers the Hurricane Heart Attacks take their name from psych greats The Warlocks. That’s a point of entry, and maybe all you need to know about these guys, because they really bring it on this release, the follow up to 2012’s Hurricane Love. The album was recorded in Buenos Aires between June 2014 & May 2015 and it gets its full release on various formats via the brilliant Atlanta based Scotch Recordings.
And it’s pedal down from the get go, with “Signal” enticing you into its folds of feedback, with trippy organ, the requisite wailing vocals that mesh so well with psych, and pounding drums and snarling guitars. “Tangerine” is even more compelling, with Charly Leoni’s rubbery bass and drummer Facundo Dangelo’s explosive drum rolls. Once the guitar slides through in BJM waves, you are hooked! “Have You Heard?” has a definite Verve vibe, especially with Jota Humada’s cool vocals, and you just know it’s going to kick into high gear. Indeed it does, building slowly layer by majestic layer out to the almost 7 minute mark. Epic indeed! “Devil’s Eyes” has pulsating organ and sitar, so you can only imagine the psychedelic feast before you, there to quench your every musical desire. It is a kaleidoscopic, blurry jaunt through Eastern inflected psych. The band has a strong grasp on melody, so the song is never lost to the ether.
“CCTV” dials it to 11, and quickly envelops you in a wall of reverb drenched splendor on the trippiest song in this collection. “Looking Glass” closes the set out in fine fashion, once again reminding me of ‘A Storm in Heaven’ -era Verve, right down to the extended song length. The entire album is a psychedelic banquet of rainbows, bliss, and the merest hint of darkness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Music has always been a driving force for Elizabeth Klisiewicz, which she says “continues to define my existence”. During and after her college years, she ran a weekly radio show at WMUA FM Radio and also at a community station in Springfield, MA, in addition to writing music and concert reviews for the college newspaper. At present, she writes for The Big Takeover Magazine and The Active Listener Blog, and recently began producing a semi-regular Mixcloud-based show called The Kitchen Sink. In the real world, when not writing technical manuals, she gets her thrills from reading mysteries, birdwatching, and can always be found with a camera and a maxed-out storage card full of music.