Magic Lantern – High Beams
Long Beach’s Magic Lantern have finally gone and released a new sonic document after what seemed like an eternity of waiting. Eagerly anticipated by those who have been biding their time waiting for the band to get on with their uber limited cassette only and CD-R releases (their Self-Titled CD-R was limited to 30), High Beams, the band’s latest opus, is available on both a format (vinyl LP) and in a quantity (500) that is obtainable by not just those who fill their shows at The Prospector. Anchored by two Goliath-sized jams, the heavy swirling drone of the opener “Deathshead Hawkmoth” and the psych boogie of the closer “Cactus Raga”, bookend an album of meticulous churning mirages that lull the unsuspecting into a false sense of security, only to realize after it’s too late that they’re in the dead center of a storm of feedback, fuzz and looped effects. Recorded by Bobb Bruno on his eight-track and mastered by James Plotkin, High Beams commands multiple listens to fully appreciate the depth of these recordings, where often there are so many different layers of instrumentation going on that even following the fifth or sixth listen, you are still catching little pieces in each song that you hadn’t heard before.
MP3: Magic Lantern – Deathheads Hawkmoth
Originally published in the November issue of L.A. Record