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Schizo Fun Addict — The Last Wave
(Flicknife, 2020, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-08-23

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It is refreshing to witness a band growing and maturing their sound, rather than trying to recreate the past and not moving forward. Schizo Fun Addict’s new album, The Last Wave, takes off from their previous, El Shoegaze Bossa Nova, and launches into new and exciting world of dream pop. Most of the album drips with heavy reverb and ethereal singing, similar to Julee Cruise. Some of the best moments occur on “Sun Daze,” a hypnotic West Coast psych song with hints of the Mamas and Papas on an astral flight into the glare of a blazing sun; the slow introspective dream pop of “Sorrow Comes to Town” with its melodic chime piano; and “Shadow Mantra” with an instrument I have not heard in years, the tambourine, repeated guitar signatures ala Manuel Göttsching’s Inventions for Electric Guitar plus other inventive sonic experiments. Another interesting tune is the hypnotic drone rock of “Whiskey” that also incorporates bluesy 60s psych. The closing track, “Salvation Rides,” is a call for help with anguished vocals and a bit of a 13th Floor Elevators jug band sound. The Schizos continue to churn out excellent music and stretch their musical muscles. Highly recommended.


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