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Yobrepus — Mycelium Days
(Apollon Records ARP035, 2020, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2021-01-27

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Norway’s indie rock band Yobrepus are back with their sophomore release Mycelium Days, which continues the fungal theme from their 2017 debut release Blakc Mould. Intrigued by the album title, I searched for the definition of mycelium to determine its relationship to the music. I found the definition, the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae (filaments). But for the life of me, I cannot connect the dots to Yobrepus’ music. The album opens with Yobrepus’ opus title track. For 22 minutes the music ebbs and flows with electronics, guitars, dissonance, gentle vocals, piano, fuzzed metal guitar, etc. This complex musical excursion recalls elements of Pink Floyd’s Echoes and Atom Heart Mother. However, the remaining five tracks don’t live up this composition. There are moments of acid folk and multi-layered reverbed and processed electric guitars, and eerie darkness. But the biggest influence is indie alternative rock plus a bit of 90s trip-hop. Really cannot recommend Mycelium Days, even though the title track is quite interesting.

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