Not Not Fun Records hits the nail right on the head with them labeling Topaz Rags’ “The Crown Center” as “pure nightprowler music.” It’s very brooding and haunting and it seems like it would fit in some kind of super campy 60s/70s/even 80s horror movie. The desert-like guitar riffs and lo-fi “smog” as Not Not Fun has so accurately put just teleports you to another arid place, soundtracking your imaginary drug withdrawal with its wordless “witch choirs.” “You Go On” isn’t available for listening as far as I know, but with Not Not Fun saying it slips deeper into the “psych-psycho psyche” I would expect the ride to get even more trippy as the time wears away. Not Not Fun is saying that there are only three copies left of this piece, so if you want this you better jump to it. Check out “The Crown Center” below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

West Coast ghost squad Topaz Rags stalk back into the deadlights with a fresh vinyl single, their first new material since the Capricorn Born Again LP. Recorded in the heart of winter in a room with one blue light bulb, “The Crown Center” is pure nightprowler music: quaking bass, grime-jazz keys, dusty drums, witch choirs floating through the smog and into sleeping homes with the power lines cut. The sound of crime to come. The flip (“You Go On”) slips deeper into the psych-psycho psyche, a bleached-brain riff-rhythm grinding away endlessly while voices and electric piano stabs arc across the stereo field, raining ash. A grimmer twist on the Topaz formula, the dreamer’s dream turned dark. 33 RPM 7 inches of variously colored vinyl in hand-silkscreened cardstock sleeves. Edition of 345.

Price $5

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