The Canadian psychedelic-trance trio DOOMSQUAD released the EP Unconscious Transmissions From The Manzano Mountains on the 27th of April.
DOOMSQUAD – Unconscious Transmissions From The Manzano Mountains – artwork
An almost forty minutes, four track, release (available on bandcamp) in which the listener is invited to unwind their body and mind in an EP which is partly retrospective to the LP Total Time that came out last year and as a healing process out of that context.
The four tracks are not cuts which didn’t make it to the album, rather the way they approached the writing of those songs writing these pieces specifically as part of preparing their consciousness in the right frame to be able to create the songs for Total Time.
Over half of the run-time is contained in the opening track, with my selection being the penultimate – Sun. March 1st 2015: Snow falls on Manzano.
Booming tapestries of sound collide around the room, each impact setting off its own shining trajectory of kaleidoscopic colour that find the synapses transmogrify into translucent pulses which fill the brain with illusory images.
The shifting patterns of tempo and instrumentation transfix the listener in a sense of suspended animation from which there is no desire to escape as the intense vocal, like an owl spotting prey in the dusk, swoops into the ears. It is, surprisingly, the calmness of delivery and hence organic development of the tracks that allows DOOMSQUAD to hold their hypnotic power and this gentle massage is what finds the audience, rather emerging from the trance discombobulated, feeling refreshed.
Dating back to the early part of this decade, with their latest LP – Total Time (coming out back in April and available on bandcamp) DOOMSQUAD have a poise which has developed over the intervening years and I look forward to following the progress of the trio long into the next decade.