Singles Club: The Black Bones + ilu + Magon
On "Brian's Dream" Austrian psych purveyors The Black Bones channel both the sludgy soul of certain Black Rebel Motorcycle records as well as the smart, complicated noise of much-missed English outfit Six by Seven. Penetrating riffage and an appealing, creeping darkness make this a rather enjoyable listen.
Ilu is a multi-national affair, split between Estonia and Wales. "Jaanus," the song in question, is an exercise in trying to turn darkness into light. The song expresses "loss, with grief that robs you of words to try and explain or even comprehend. 'Jaanus' is an act of communion, of reaching out. This is a love song for a love that cannot die." With off-kilter, Krautrock rhythms and a determined spirit, "Jaanus" aims towards the heavens.
Sounding like an out-there lost recording from the psych annals of the 1970s, Paris-based Magon's "Shock Therapy" is mischievous and magnetic, full of fantasy and anticipation. The song's energy is captivating, the swirl of backing coos adding something hypnotic to Magon's canny lyrics.