I doubt you’ll press play on “Fourth pass over the graveyard”, the track that opens Recovery effects, and not surrender to it. I doubt! The 6 minutes that start the new album by the English Black Delta Movement are anything, referring to seventies funk, garage and psychedelia, to madchester and dub/reggae, with groove and noise sharing the same space and inviting to shake the malleable, flattened skeleton.
I didn’t know about the group until last March, when I got a notification from the Fuzz Club about the upcoming release of the band by a certain Matt Burr and I went to check it out. I came across the song mentioned in the paragraph above and almost fell out of my chair; Gradually I picked up one song and another from the album, until on April 14th it came out in full and, boy, what a great record!
The baggy feel of the opening – which, yes, resembles the Charlatans and a little bit of Kasabian at the beginning of their career, a phase in which they were really useful – nor is it the common thread of Recovery effectsmore guided by lysergy (the nine minutes of trance in “Hidding in the tall grass”…) and Barrie Cadogan’s garage guitars, but the strong funky presence in the kitchen formed by Lewis Wharton and Tony Coote – bass and batara, respectively – and the broth composed by this mixture yielded what, for me, is already one of the best albums of 2023.
Listen on the stalk!
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