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Lemurian Folk Songs — Logos
(Tonzonen no#, 2020, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2020-07-14

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Psychedelic rock is an umbrella style that has several possible approaches to music making under it. One is song-based, taking after 60s bands like The Beatles, The Byrds, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and the like. Their music is built of melodies over chord progressions. Then there’s the riff-based variety, where songs are based primarily on riffs rather than progressions. In this style, the most common arrangement is that bass and guitar play the riffs together most of the time, sometimes with slight differences between the parts, often without. But there is another option, which is to let the bass carry the riff and have the guitar do something else, usually some kind of chording, melody, or counter-melody. Lemurian Folk Songs is a Hungarian psych band that generally takes this latter path. The bass (Attila Nemesházi) and drums (Istvan Baumgartner) lay down tasty grooves while the guitar (Bence Ambrus) takes on numerous roles, sometimes textural, sometimes tonal, and occasionally joins with the bass. The fourth element in this band is Krisztina Benus, who sings and plays keyboards. Her voice is dramatic, with some similarities to both Siouxsie Sioux and Grace Slick, and is almost always treated with lots of reverb and echo. In the overall sound, I’m reminded of Bushman’s Revenge, though I wouldn’t push that too far, as LFS is closer to space rock, with perhaps Sky Cries Mary as an alternative (and more widely known) reference. While the genre of space rock is pretty crowded with bands from around the world these days, Lemurian Folk Songs is a band with a distinctive sound that fans of trippy rock should check out.


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