Album Review: Psychic Ills - One Track Mind

Spoiler alert: Psychic Ills will end up in my Best Of 2013 list. They've made one of the best records of the year by far and then some. One Track Mind is a fitting name for their latest endeavor, because you just might find yourself unable to think of anything other than this record whenever you listen to it. Experience tells me those odds are pretty good. A murky, rambling wreck of gravelly, gritty psych-heavy rock, One Track Mind is a force to be reckoned with.

"One More Time," the record's opening song, is a little bit misleading. Compared with some of what's to come, it's almost chirpy. But the whispy vocals and teases of haze serve as hints about what's to come. "See You There" is where things start to really get cooking, throbbing with the beat of the bass and rife with crunchy guitar swells. It's not the first time on One Track Mind that the Ills come off a bit spooky, either.

The pretty little mess of "Tried To Find It" sees Psychic Ills dipping toes into stoner psych, throwing smoky washes of ghostly noise together with laconic, lazy vocals to great effect. "FBI" keeps the spectral sounds going with more of the molasses coating and a prominent, Pied Piper drumbeat. The last two songs on the record, "Western Metaphor" and "Drop Out," are probably my most favorite. The slow, steady droned out burn of "Drop Out" preceded by the smoldering instrumental swirl of "Western Metaphor" is rather magnificent to hear.

I first listened to One Track Mind in the middle of those magical mountains of Western Virginia, and being among those mystical peaks proved the perfect time and place for some Psychic Ills. Many listens hence and it still feels so very right, even without the mountains. Lovers of psych should find this record damned irresistible.    



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