Comet Gain - Fingerprint Ritual [12" VINYL]

by Jeff Penczak Rating:7.5 Release Date:2015-04-06

This four-tracker kicks off where last year’s well-received seventh album, Paperback Ghosts, left off, with an extended raga headfuck, 'Part 2' of that record’s 'Breaking Open the Head'. If, like me, you haven’t heard the album, don’t fret, for this hypnotic, psychedelic barnstormer works fine on its own and tears a page out of classic kosmische musik from legendary Krautrockers like Can, Amon Duul, Guru Guru and Ash Ra Tempel, although frontman David Feck does come across like a maniacal cross between Julian Cope, Mark E Smith, and Robyn Hitchcock.

'That Lucifer Summer' is a perky, organ-driven corker not unlike The Only Ones in their heyday, but it lacks a memorable melody to warrant repeat listens. 'To the City’s Core' finds Rachel Evans ranting and raving Raincoats-style over another funky backbeat and incessant, driving rhythm, reminding me of The Slits, Siouxsie, and other punky 70s icons.

Feck also rips off some searing solos for air guitarists and Wii Guitar Hero aficionados. The set ends with the dreamy, House of Cardsy mouthful 'The Obsolete Significant Dignified', full of more bleeding (and backwards) guitars, hammerhead drumming, and swirling, 60s organ. Fun stuff all around.

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