A play on the similarly titled 13th Floor Elevators album, this is Sonic Cathedral’s tribute to both the band and its highly influential frontman, Roky Erickson. Aptly featuring a selection of thirteen artists, the record opens with a live track from fellow Austin psych rockers, The Black Angels, backing by Erickson himself, his harsh bark sharply contrasting the winding, insectile guitar limbs of ‘Roller Coaster’. Meanwhile, Dead Meadow positively nail ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, wrenching vocals and all, tapping into the sinister, stomach-churning vibe of the track and drawing out the murky blues-weighted pace. Sarabeth Tucek’s eerily sweet take on ‘Splash 1 (Now I’m Home)’ strays the furthest from its original but is also one of the most poignant covers on the compilation, effectively expressing what a diverse body of artists have been influenced by Erickson’s music.

By Polly Rappaport

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