Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Les Big Byrd - Eternal Light Brigade


Get into the groove. That's the key here. To really enjoying  Eternal Light Brigade third album from Swedish psych unit Les Big Byrd that is. 

Operating in a similar field as Brian Jonestown Massacre and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizzard, you can't help but imagine they have ridiculously large record collections, focused mainly on the Psychedelic late Sixties and early Seventies.

This kind of immersion in a mythic and probably imaginary past has been a feature of Rock & Roll since Julian Cope, Spacemen 3, Spiritualised, Primal Scream and The Verve revived interest in it in the Eighties and Nineties. Once considered an area of interest primarily for Dungeons & Dragons nerds, (at least in the UK). it's gained credibility ever since.

This kind of endeavor is grounded on a certain space gazing mysticism and dopiness sparked by one two many hits on the bong generally. Les Big Byrd indulge in this kind of addled staring at the sun throughout  Eternal Light Brigade. Whether you go for it or not probably depends on where you stand on the collected works of Gong, Hawkwind, Can and Neu as well as Krautrock in general.

Les Big Byrd favour a leaner, more disciplined approach to this kind of thing to King Gizzard for example, though you wouldn't guess it from the record sleeve. I really enjoyed this once I'd followed Madonna's advice, (thanks Madge!), and will be back for more.

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