Almost every new piece of music we play on the air gets reviewed by a volunteer. That’s a lot of reviews, folks. These volunteers recommend the best songs on an album and check to see if any tracks have FCC restrictions. (No bad words!) Here’s a sample review from DJ Ben Herring.
Format: Warm Psych Rock
Ben Asbury, the man behind Axxa/Abraxas, has become a fixture of the local music scene (in particular the Mothlight scene) since moving here following the release of his debut record in 2014 on Captured Tracks. Ben recorded everything on “Family Altar” himself to tape at his West Asheville home. What we have here is a warm psych rock album that shows Ben’s love of the Olivia Tremor Control and the Elephant 6 collective. The album opens with a two-part track called “White Ship.” Part 1 is a nice, poppy ease-in to the album, while Part 2 adds some acoustic rhythm guitar and then kicks things out into the ether with some guitar shredding. “Seventeen” has some great organ drones (as do many of the tracks) while pushing the vocals further back in the mix creating a psych dream state. “Inside the Fire” also starts out with acoustic guitar but then adds in layers of tambourine and multiple electric leads deep in the mix. The jammer here is “Empty,” stretching out over the course of 8 minutes. Echoing strums are accompanied by distant guitars and washed out vocals. The album closer “Family Altar” is a great place to start if you aren’t all in on the lo-fi vibes. Make no mistake, this album is pretty lo-fi, but has some killer warm psych vibes. If you dig the lo-fi stylings of the E6, then you’ll love a lot of the tracks here. Support local music!
Hot Tracks: 2, 9, 6, 4
Recommended if you like: 60s psych, Olivia Tremor Control, E6