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White Manna - Ape On Sunday

by Ljubinko Zivkovic Rating:8 Release Date:2019-06-28
White Manna - Ape On Sunday
White Manna - Ape On Sunday

Another month, another Cardinal Fuzz Records goodie. Like with homemade chocolate fudge, with a Cardinal Fuzz release you know more or less what you are going to get - something to do with chocolate, or should we say psychedelic rock, with one flavor or another, but you can always be sure about one thing - it is going to be warm and fuzzy and it's going to taste/sound good!

No exception with Ape On Sunday, the sixth album from Artaca, California five-piece White Manna and its frontman, guitarist/vocalist David Johnson. Picking up where they left off after Johnson had to be absent due to family trauma, Manna boys are back with their constantly shifting space psych fuzz combination anywhere between early Pink Floyd and any period Hawkwind with Can-like rhythmic shifts and Klaus Schultze synth fills thrown in for good measure, like on "Night In Lisbon” here.

Taking the cue and the album/title track name from Tarantula, a stream of consciousness poem/novel by Robert Zimmerman (yes, that one) the seven tracks on the album range from that gooey, psych of the title track to completely spaced-out freak-out of “EITCTSAT”, which sounds like something Faust arranged and re-arranged in their studio, which then slowly bends into the slow guitar/synth ambience of “Zodiak Spree”, just like one of those landscapes you can find around the places White Manna came from.

Basically, you don’t have to go much further than the album cover to get the idea of what is going on here and it is something that is calmly reassuring in its freaked-out fuzz/synth-laden way. Just like those chocolate fudge cookies with that extra flavor in them. Yet another excellent Cardinal Fuzz release.

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