Psychic Ills deserve more listeners. The New York quartet’s second album Mirror Eye is a smooth blend of heady psychedelia, Eastern-tinged raga dub, minimal Kraut electronics, and improvisational synthesized space rock that congeals into one 30-minute head trek. You get loops, Spacemen 3 “sitar” music, phased clatters, Sun City Girls-style instrumentals, and undulating hand drums, all played through a hallucinatory haze. It’s hard to get a sense of the places Mirror Eye takes you after listening to a single cut — because, as mentioned above, the eight tracks work together to propel the listener deeper into Psychic Ills’ project — but here’s the opening track “Mantis” to get you started on the journey.
Psychic Ills – “Mantis” (MP3)
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