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Blackberries — Disturbia
(Unique Records, 2018, CD / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-05-20

Disturbia Cover art

Sometimes it seems like we’re in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance, a resurgence of a style pioneered over half a century ago. Excellent music from that era is being reissued, rediscovered, and unearthed, and a host of new bands are plying the same waters, applying varying degrees of originality and modernity to the vintage sounds. This German band calls their style “kraut-pop,” unabashedly proclaiming their desire to be melodic and easy on the ears. But their music is far from boring, full of dreamy trips into colorful territory decorated with combo organs, shimmering guitars, Middle Eastern inflections, and easy grooves. The sound ranges from the bouncy psych-pop of the opener, “Disturbia,” to the the lazy “High Noon” to the go-go beat of “Beyond the Mountains.” “Sphinx II” deserves special notice for its sinuous Turkish flavored melody and driving beat, showing that they can notch up the intensity without losing their identity. For fans of other modern psych bands, Blackberries should be a no-brainer, easily on par with some of the best.


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Related artist(s): Blackberries

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