Julie's Haircut – Italy's premiere psychedelic explorers have created a deep-end approach to sonic innovation that is audible on 'Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin' – their debut release for the great UK label Rocket Recordings.
Seven albums into a mission initially inspired by the likes of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Spacemen 3, the band now find themselves at a new plateau of small-hours elucidation and revelation that may summon the spectres of the wayward squall of early Mercury Rev, the shamanic allure of Dead Skeletons, the freedom of Miles Davis, the repetition of Can or the wild soundscapes of Amon Duul II to some, yet essentially sounds like no-one but themselves.
The result is a record built on trance-like repetition that grows to mantric intensity to summon atmospheric plateaus redolent of the psychic and surreal transgressions of its title - a double-helix tribute to both Frank Zappa and Kenneth Anger.
Coruscating guitar overload and jazz-tinged blowout collide amidst hypnotic soundscapes like the shamanically inclined ‘The Fire Sermon’ and the eleven-minute motorik magnificence of the curtain-raiser ‘Zukunft’.
Yet atmospheric restraint, glacial texture and immersive groove play as large a part in this blinding and beatific soundworld as droning darkness or overheated amp tubes.
2. The Fire Sermon
3. Orpheus Rising
5. Salting Traces
7. Gathering Light