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Weedpecker – ‘IV: The Stream of Forgotten Thoughts’

Stickman Records
Wooden Shjips, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Porcupine Tree, Pond
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Stickman Records
Psychedelic Stoner Rock/Metal

Hi, is that James from Metal Digest?”

“Yep, it’s me speaking; can I ask who’s calling?”

Oh hi yes, it’s Weedpecker, we’ve made an album just for you”

“Weedpecker IV” is pretty much an amalgam of every facet of modern-day Psychedelic Rock I simply adore. Imagine if The Oh Sees didn’t try so damned hard all the time and just chilled out a bit, or if Tame Impala hadn’t sold out to THE MAN to move units and make profit, and stayed as blissed out and trippy as when they started. That neat little box with guitar as mesmerising as James Petralli, and a rhythm section as tight as Wooden Shjips, all wrapped up with a summertime shimmer of hazy lazy psychedelia.

Warsaw’s Weedpecker have a seriously strong back catalogue (go check them out!), and despite a number of line-up changes over the years they are one of the rare bands with a truly distinctive sound. Go back to the self-titled debut album from 2013 and you’ll have no question you’re listening to the same band. What has evolved is the song writing, on “IV” the longest song is only just over 6 minutes, and yet they are so effortlessly full of content and ideas some of them could fill one entire side of an album.

The concise nature of the songs means the whole album flashes by in just under 40 minutes, so you’ll want to put it back on straight away. And that’s when you notice how beautifully recorded and mixed the whole thing is. Then you’ll spot the deliciously retro stereo panning, the “space” around the instruments, and the crisp dynamics. You’ll probably listen through again, and wind up sat outside your house in the car until it finishes.

"A beautifully chilled journey into modern psychedelia"

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