Skip to main content

Psychic Ills Announce Their Third Album and Sacred Bones Debut Hazed Dream


There are seekers and there are reapers -- those who head out into the ether with an open head to whatever magic they might find, and those who would wait until the light of day to cherry-pick only the spangliest bits for future broadcast. Psychic Ills are most certainly seekers, but with their third album and Sacred Bones debut, Hazed Dream, the New York outfit discover a rare alchemy that's as thrilling for the journey as it is for what it delivers: eleven psychedelically surging platters awash in warm tones, imbued with a tangible ease, and anchored by Tres Warren's eternally unruffled voice.

The man's own explanation says as much as a dozen press releases could, even if he says relatively little: "Some developments in our lives led to new approaches. The music came out the old fashioned way ... a way that had been avoided for a while. It was about putting some words to some chords and keeping it simple. Getting back to something. Feeling a feeling. Shaking out the NY brain boil. Movin' away from some old bad vibes, by creating some new good ones. Dreaming out the bad. Takin' it easy on ourselves, and those around us. This album lives in a sunny place. A half memory. A hazed dream."

But Tres, bassist Elizabeth Hart and drummer Brian Tamborello have been winding their way to this beatific space for a good while. Psychic Ills was born as an experiment in home recording in 2003, and quickly evolved into an exercise in all-night full-band exploration in a neighborhood where noise wasn't a problem. Their earliest travels-on long-lost vinyl or otherwise unreleased-were eventually rounded up in Early Violence, but it was 2006's LP debut Dins (also on Social Registry) that captured the squalling guitars, tribal rhythms and molasses-thick atmosphere the group was known to summon live.

The clang and chaos dissipated for 2009's Mirror Eye, which found the Ills with all hands on a synthesizer at some point. The album was a sonic palate cleanser, an oft improvised dive into deep drone and electronic buzz that earned them road time with Butthole Surfers and the Melvins, as well as shows with spiritual forebearer Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, who the band first came in contact with when he remixed a song for one of their first releases. Over the next year, a handful of small-run releases (Astral Occurrence, Catoptric, Telesthetic Tape) displayed a band loyally free-wheeling their way toward some ineffable nugget of truth, while a FRKWYS remix EP saw the Ills reworked by the likes of legends: Gibby Haynes, Juan Atkins, and Faust's Hans-Joachim Irmler.

Enter Hazed Dream, which trades the hypnotic for the happily narcotic. Recorded live to tape by Mitch Rackin (Gang Gang Dance, Black Dice) at Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge, the album shows the Ills' evolved ear for divine songcraft, from lazily ambling opener "Midnight Moon," held together by whirring organ tones and hand-smacked percussion, to the vaguely samba-like closer, "Same Old Song," which gets its groove from loping bass and fuzzed-up guitar. In between, of course, are sunburned mantras colored by Eastern melodies ("Incense Head"), blues-damaged come-ons complete with blasted harmonica solos ("Mexican Wedding"), and humid, dust-caked tributes to nomadic living ("Travelin' Man").

"I was walking down the highway in Heaven," Tres sings on the pastoral rambler, "Ring Finger," and before long he adds, "It was an easy time." We can always count on Psychic Ills to remind us that no matter what shape the destination takes, it is, truly, the trip that matters.



PSYCHIC ILLS
HAZED DREAM
SACRED BONES

STREET DATE: OCTOBER, 18th 2011

1. Midnight Moon
2. Mind Daze
3. Incense Head
4. Mexican Wedding
5. That's Alright
6. Ring Finger
7. Travelin' Man
8. Sungaze
9. Dream Repetiton
10. I'll Follow You Through the Floor
11. Same Old Song


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

2017 EXXXOTICA Expo Dates and Locations Announced

Riding high off its most successful event to date in Edison, New Jersey, the EXXXOTICA Expo presented by MyFreeCams is already looking forward to 2017 with a trio of events planned around the country. In addition to its longstanding shows in Chicago and New Jersey, the show’s producers are pinning a new city on its map — Denver, Colorado for EXXXOTICA Mile High.

EXXXOTICA’s debut in the Rocky Mountains has been in the works for years, and event organizers couldn’t be more excited to bring the show to Denver. The 2017 show schedule kicks off in grand style with EXXXOTICA Mile High, March 31 through April 2, 2017. The show will be taking place as a full hotel takeover at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center.
With nearly 100,000 square feet of exhibition and breakout space, EXXXOTICA Mile High will not only feature hundreds of exhibitors and the top stars in adult, as well as seminars and performers, but the hotel will be transformed into the hottest hotel in the country wi…

CAM4 To Sponsor The Ms. EXXXOTICA 2017 Competition

EXXXOTICA, the nation’s largest event dedicated to love and sex, just announced that webcam portal CAM4 has signed on as a show sponsor for 2017. CAM4 will be sponsoring and presenting one of the expo’s most popular events, as well as one of its newest initiatives for EXXXOTICA Chicago in June and EXXXOTICA New Jersey in November.
Developed as a community with a focus on social networking, CAM4 is much more than a traditional webcam site, and they are now the presenting sponsor of SW!TCH, EXXXOTICA’s LGBT showcase. SW!TCH made its debut at EXXXOTICA New Jersey in 2016 as the show continued its efforts to be completely inclusive. SW!TCH was created as a means for LGBT vendors, talent, and performers to become part of the EXXXOTICA family. SW!TCH will continue to grow in 2017, and with CAM4 as the presenting sponsor, their booth will be the anchor of the showcase that will feature seminars, events, vendors, talent, and broadcasters catering to LGBT attendees.
“CAM4 is extremely excited…

Summer Survival: Pick the Most Breathable Fabrics

Summer is inching closer, and while we're all psyched for the perpetually warm weather ahead after a tough winter, pretty soon it's inevitable that the heat, humidity and summer sun will leave us feeling, well, less than fresh.

Chrissy Volk, wardrobe consultant for Adahlia Volk has put together a cheat-sheet for navigating through the best, most breatheable fabrics for the season. Who ever looks at clothing "ingredient" listings on the tag - well, this season think of it as your guide to "cool."

SUMMER FABRIC "INGREDIENTS"

DENIM
COTTON + STRETCH = CUTE BUTT: Cotton jeans are the lightest for summer because they are airy and breathable, however, jeans with a small content of stretch are the most flattering. They will move with your body and it’s movements.BEST DENIM BLENDS: Chrissy suggests denim with a high cotton content, and small synthetic content. A jean with either a 98% cotton/2% lycra or 96 % cotton/4% Lycra fabric, is a good combination. J…

2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo Fan Ticket Packages Now On Sale

Fan tickets are now available for the 2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE). New this year, fans will have access to four full days of unbridled debauchery, boogying with smoking hot roller-girls, and coming face-to-face with their favorite pornstar at the largest adult entertainment tradeshow in the world. New ticketing options have been added, including the highly coveted Private Suite Pass, show organizers announced today. AEE will take place January 21-24, 2015 at the world famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV. To purchase fan tickets, please visit http://fan.adultentertainmentexpo.com/.

Fan registrants will have the opportunity to attend four full days of the sexiest adult expo in the industry, including extended show hours until 8 PM on Thursday and Friday. Fans are invited to attend the opening night disco party held on the AEE show floor on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The opening night festivities will be opened until 10 p.m.

For the first time, AEE offers fan…

Live Review: Diddy's Grammy After-Party at the Playboy Mansion

Diddy's Grammy after-party at the Playboy Mansion was a star-studded affair on Sunday as Chris Brown, Too Short, Busta Rhymes, Paris Hilton, Jenny McCarthy, Wilmer Valderrama and Sebastian Bach, among others were in attendance. Party-goers who paid anywhere between $1,500 and $50,000 were able to enjoy a live fashion show, live music, DJ, open bar, buffet and rub elbows with Playboy Playmates. Hugh Hefner was even awarded, "Humanitarian of the Year" for his commitment to helping charities and those in need.

The party created a buzz before it even began with VIP "Fame at the Mansion" Monster Cabana tickets selling for $50,000, as reported by TMZ. A portion of the proceeds from the event went towards the Angelwish Foundation.

Check out our full coverage photos from inside the mansion in our slide show:



Before the fashion show, a silent auction was held benefiting the Angelwish Foundation. Items included autographed jerseys, paintings, Lakers memorabilia, autograp…