Psychic Lemon return with their third studio album, Freak Mammal, and their first on Drone Rock Records since their self-titled debut LP back in 2016. This is the band’s second release in the space of six months, after their live album Live at the Smokehouse sold out on vinyl within 48 hours back in April this year. Their last studio album, 2018's Frequency. Rhythm. Distortion. Delay. on Tonzonen Records, was regarded as one of the best Psych albums of the year.
Freak Mammal finds Psychic Lemon further developing their unique sound, inspired by many sources including classic space rock, music from 1970s Western Africa and the best of modern psych. As ever, the band aimed to create as full a sound as three people can make, without resorting to endless overdubs. The result is a sound that is wide and expansive, but that can still be reproduced live. While the term “psych” is much overused in 2019, there is no question that this is music made to expand your mind and get lost in. The guitar ranges from tranquil melody to urgent noise, in circular layers of delay, loops and fuzz that seem ready to collapse in on themselves. The bass is nimble but heavy, encompassing melodic phrases, distorted riffs and one-off fills. The drums take inspiration from a variety of sources from Tony Allen to Hawkwind, and are in constant conversation with the guitar and bass.