The mysterious Swedes were joined by Hookworms, Jane Weaver, Mugstar and Josefin Öhrn and the Liberation for this celebration of psychedelia.
Fellow Swedes and label mates to Goat, Josefin Öhrn and the Liberation open a line-up that is a deep-set exploration of contemporary psychedelic music. The textural atmospherics and undercurrent of electronics from their recent album ‘Mirage’ are overwritten somewhat in favour of volume-pushing guitars that create a dense fog for Öhrn’s vocals to float around in a hazy but absorbing vacuum, setting a tone for an evening that leans heavily towards the hypnotic.
Liverpool’s Mugstar, playing as a three-piece instead of their usual four, unleash a Mogwai meets Sabbath fury of guitars, thunderous bass and an unrelenting pounding of drums and fizzing snares, creating a shifting presence that moves from bubbling and immersive introspection to explosive and hurtling space-rock, taking one to the moon and back in a matter of minutes. Jane Weaver manages to lock into a deeply magnetic yet pop-drenched groove from the off and she and her band remain there throughout the rest of their set, ending in the propulsive tick of ‘I Need a Connection’ which allows Weaver’s vocals to float endlessly atop of humming keys and a fizzling drive of German-tinged electronics.