Sky Lantern Records and Cardinal Fuzz are excited to announce Ljudkamrater, a new split LP from our beloved Swedish progg rock heads Centralstödet and Tucson, Arizona's own kommune psych rock ensemble The Myrrors. Long rumored and now finally seeing the light of day, the album is being released on black vinyl with the sleeve designed by Nik Rayne (The Myrrors) and with The Myrrors track ending in a Locked Groove. “Ljudkamrater premieres brand new material from both bands, includes the first studio recordings we’ve heard from Centralstödet in quite a while, and there are some genuinely exciting twists in store for listeners. Centralstödet contributes three tracks to Side A, each radiating the mysterious energy of music composed in the moment. The tactile frequencies of guitar and bass played through powerful vintage amps create an intimate atmosphere as the band stretches up and out of the fuzzy Sabbath grooves they’re best known for and into new territory. The title of the last track, 'Vega’s Bodega,' gives a hint as to where these new angular and atonal sounds are coming from, while guitar takes on a harder, grittier edge as it spins through walls of fast-pulsing tape delay. Funky minimal rhythms and textural experiments mesh perfectly with the band’s love of heavy groove Flip the record over to Side B and strap in. The Myrrors unleash two tracks (or rather, two parts of a longer thirty-minute piece) that is the best material they’ve produced in terms of ambition and execution. Last year’s Entranced Earth saw The Myrrors achieve near-perfect balance in terms of arranged elements and free improvisation within lush and deeply meditative drones. Here, 'Rayuela' and 'Night Flower Codex' come from the same head space as Entranced Earth. That is, songs inspired by jams performed live on their European tour. But these two songs have nailed what they’ve been hinting at for ages. It’s out-and-out kraut perfection: a cacophonous rain forest of flute, viola, tape loops, saxophone, and guitar that churns, cavorts, and babbles exuberantly under a cruisey jazz ride and sinuous bassline. You want it to go on forever, but the song slowly descends into the Tony Conrad & Faust vibes of 'Night Flower Codex,' as if God put a finger on the cosmic turntable platter. Shadows fall and the next thirteen minutes is heaven in slow motion." Phil Kaberry -Brown Noise Unit
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Holy smoke. One of the finest contemporary psych albums I've heard. Like an acoustic Annexus Quam meets Popul Vuh circa Brüder des Schattens meets Amon Düül circa Paradieswärts Düül meets traditional musicians from rural Iran playing Fairport Convention's Matty Groves. Forward thinking heads from southern Arizona making music as authentic and transcendent as it comes. Mushroom Head