DW039 Psychic Frost / Taking Lizard Mountain (by Frequency)
Psychic Frost – the duo of Mike Tamburo and Matt McDowell – returns to Deep Water for a second disc of (mostly) instrumental explorations, both more diverse and more concise than their 2011 debut. Taking Lizard Mountain (by Frequency) opens in familiar sonic territory – hypnotic compositions for electrified hammer dulcimer and guitar – but the Psychic sonic expedition soon moves into terra incognita, climbing through fields of free-jazz drumming and into high valleys of effected drones and thunderous percussion, finally reaching the sage at the summit by going “Under Your Skin,” a surprising vocal number that echoes both early Eno and early Woods. Psychedelic excursions that span classic progressions and contemporary lo-fi experimentation like nobody’s business, and a mandatory trip for all interested parties. Five tracks, 34 minutes.