Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound - Ekranoplan
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The Fucking Champs' Tim Green, who has produced records for the Melvins, Six Organs of Admittance, and Comets on Fire, is clearly a guy who understands the finer points of heavy, retrofitted psych-rock. And this professional expertise comes in particularly handy on Ekranoplan, the second album from Bay Area trio the Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound. Following their self-released 2005 debut, which was limited to 500 copies, the group here gives all the familiar old Blue Cheer/Floyd/Elevators touchstones another thunderous and sympathetic throttle. Under Green's watchful care, the Assemble Head reach an appropriate balance between the spontaneous intensity of a live gig and a well-curated studio session, performing their passionate, formalist rock maneuvers with an accompanying waft of patchouli and beer-soaked denim.