I wouldn’t dare tout myself as a psych guru, because Sindre’s already claimed that title (my fellow writers seem to be a lot more knowledgeable about it than me), but this is definitely one of the more sublime psych releases I’ve come across in recent memory. As the title may suggest, Castellanos didn’t plan on releasing all these songs as an album but it certainly works as one. If you recognize Castellanos’ name, that might be because I wrote about an Oscillation record sometime back or you’ve just seen it through your extensive reading OR you’re already a fan. The Kyvu Tapes Vol. 1 sounds like the desert once the night rolls around with its cold air – it’s not overbearing with its psychedelic elements. This is a record you can throw on to decompress or do some work to. Listen to The Kyvu Tapes Vol. 1 below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

You probably know Demian Castellanos as the man behind the London psyche rock outfit The Oscillation. Today Hands in the Dark and their UK best partner in crime Cardinal Fuzz are teaming-up to release The Kyvu Tapes Vol.I (1990-1998).

Castellanos grew up in Kynance Cove, a small town in the South West region of England called Cornwall. The place looks a bit like a dog and Kyvu means "the view of the dog" in the local dialect.

The fruit of his 90's decade-long, obsession for the infinite possibilities offered by the electric guitar - playing it with forks, knives, bits of paper, volume control, and making the most of the effects pedals he had - was countless hours of experimentation and sonic explorations on a 4-track Tascam Porta 3. Largely influenced by new sound of the British psyche/shoegaze scene of that time, his music could be described as analog and guitar based ambient music or room drones, a vast auditory map of sonic places to lose himself in and immerse himself in a surreal/non-real present time of that period.

15 years down the line, Demian decided to dig out his endless night and day recordings of that period, reflecting now a bizarre conversation between his older and younger self.

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