The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind Vol 1 (4 stars)

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The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind Vol 1

(Platipus)

PSYCHEDELIA

The electronic two-team of Gaz Cobain and Brian Dougans, aka Future Sounds of London, share their love of what they call ‘cosmic space music’ on this compilation – a trippy swirl through the 60s up to the present day, taking in Devendra Banhart, Tim Buckley, Espers and Can.

Two CDs’ worth of rolling sitars, birdsong, otherwordly harpsichords or Donovan’s whispering Scottishness on ‘Barabajagal’ have the same effect as a weightless magic carpet ride. It’s all packed out with enough acid-woozy beats and progged-up guitar wig-outs (not to mention a blurrily brilliant, psychedelic take on ‘Wichita Lineman’) to leave you feeling like you’ve transcended bland, dance music compilations and achieved some kind of higher consciousness.

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