12" Black Vinyl. 350gsm Card Sleeve with double sided full colour/size inner
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
The last we heard from Stephen Bailey was a year and a half ago, when he released his debut album Silo, a sprawling collection of warped psych-pop that zigzagged between classic 60's rock and eerie freak folk, and served as an impressive introduction into his expansive sound. It has been a little bit of a break, although he certainly hasn’t been resting on his laurels - Stephen also fronts Perth heavy-hitters Mt. Mountain, who just dropped their third album - but that makes it all the more exciting to reveal that his second Stephen Bailey album 9 is almost here, coming out on February 22nd via Dusky Tracks locally and Cardinal Fuzz in the UK.
’Hyde’ picks up where Silo left off, creating a familiar sense of warmth and lushness despite the relatively sparse instrumentation - however, this time around things feel more considered, compared to the ramshackle nature of the previous album. Led by woozy keys that constantly stab over a leisurely drum and bass groove while grainy guitar chords chime in, the track rides along steadily without a huge amount of dynamic variation. Instead, the instruments leave plenty of space for Stephen’s warbly voice to cut through, up close and delicate, as he weaves the track’s strongest hooks almost effortlessly. The track meanders on dreamily as synths and guitars weave around each over, creating a listless yet spirited mood that sucks us further into the song’s cozy atmosphere, until the rug is pulled out from underneath and ‘Hyde’ is done.
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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