Mirage: Yellow Vinyl LP
Label: Research Records
Release Date: 18th March
This is a real 'hot dang' record, the funk on this is absolutely insane the bass is deep and slaps so hard, it's almost film noir funk but it's paired these eastern psychedelic strings, synths and looped mantras. Absolute monster of a 12" this.
For those who dig: Goat, Rupa, Sven Wunder, Global funk...
Research Records indicate their inclination for cosmic instrumentation and kraut pervaded polyrhythms once again with an introduction to newcomer Glass Beams. Recorded at the beginning of 2020, Mirage is the first release from the artist, issuing four compositions that lend from a profusion of sounds and influences.
The album's opener and title Mirage arrives with a coiling vocal mantra that conspires with a sliding bassline and transcendent synthwork, reminiscent of early 70's prog jams yet inverted and futuristic. Taurus is a brisk arrangement, steeped with spaghetti-western elements and space-jazz to pave the way for the agile Kong. Rife with psych-fusion guitar phrases and instrumentation, Kong unfolds like a forecast lysergic voyage. The finale Rattlesnake nudges the serpent with intergalactic scales and spellbinding riffs. We may not know much about the enigmatic Glass Beams but Mirage is one epic inauguration, leaving the listener with more questions than answers.