RIYL: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Market Karma

Label: Joyful Noise Recordings

The vocals of Chris Schlarb are just too smooth, almost enough to make me and my family wear orange robes, live off the land, and drink Kool-Aid. Luckily, I’ve already gone through something like that, so I know the signs. This album comes off the well received III, released from Asthmatic Kitty a few years back and after signing to JNR for IV, it looks as though the psychedelic sound has been blossoming in his songwriting. The single that I found on youtube is crisp, inspiring and mysterious, making this something worth listening to. I’ve listened to it about 45 times and I’m hearing the call again… it calling… pulling me… to the Kool-Aid.

From the Press Release:

…Psychic Temple IV was recorded in Los Angeles over a series of eight large scale sessions. In the spirit of the classic Wrecking Crew sessions for Phil Spector and the Beach Boys, the band was often tasked with recording four songs per session. Vocals were added as soon as the rhythm section tracks were cut with Terry Reid, Arlene Deradoorian, and Nedelle Torrisi joining Chris in the studio to work out harmony parts and sing live together.

After making his vocal debut on III, Schlarb toured the country twice over. His voice is assured and he seems to have lived with these songs (and the idea of singing) for some time. His melodies are soulful yet unpredictable having transferred his ability to write for instrumental ensembles to pop music. And yet the exploratory spirit of the first Psychic Temple album still abides. The music has been poured over with both care and abandon. There is magic in Psychic Temple IV. It’s no more complicated than that.

The splatter vinyl is limited to 500 hand numbered and is a VIP only release, so I tacked on the $5 a month membership cost to the cost above.

The Details

Requires a $5 VIP membership, able to be canceled any time.
Die-cut jacket, Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on yellow vinyl with hot pink swirl and green splatter. Includes download of the album.

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Price $25

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