• lucky bishops Unexpect the Expected (CD, £4.50)

    label: camera obscura

    It's been a long time between drinks for fans of the eclectic UK psychedelic/power-pop band The Lucky Bishops, but the lads' self-produced third album Unexpect the Expected is now ready to storm the planet after a lengthy gestation period in the Dorset countryside. Inspired by the experience of living together in a haunted, rat infested, coastal cottage for four years, the band have written a collection of songs drawing on power-pop ("London Lounge", "Out of the Hole"), psych-pop ("The Cake and the Crumbs", "Old Women Laugh", "The Witches"), folkrock ("K2", "No Worries") and even Tropicalia ("Guia de Conversacion") to create the unique blend found on this album. Recording on 8-, 16- and 24-track, the band have deployed their usual psych-pop/harmony foundations but added extra dimensions to the sonic weave to create deeper, more visceral structures. Typical of past releases, the Lucky Bishops split the song writing and lead vocals four ways over an instrumental palette of Hammond organ, piano, chiming valve driven guitars, glutinous bass and flowing and tumbling drums. It's unlikely a finer psych-pop record will be released this year.

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