Having just heard their latest album II I was looking forward to their previous effort Mestopolozenie, released in 2013.
If you like psychedelic and stoner rock there should be plenty to dig into with this one. Like II there are only a few tunes, three in this case but still adding to fifty minutes of riff based soundscapes drenched in a haze of '60s psychedelia and more modern stoner sounds.
The first track "Location" starts with Middle Eastern vocalizations and effects, the sounds of a marketplace perhaps and the music takes its time to build. The drum groove and psychedelic guitar excursions are initially quite subtle until the riffs get fuzzy and the drums more intense before heading into total chaos. The moody intro to "Carrier" starts with droning effects and distant guitar riffs building in loudness as they get closer. The guitar soundscape is quite varied from fuzzy riffs to chiming chords to noise drenched psychedelic soloing. The trippy space effects at song's end are befitting of such a piece. In the last song "Polarity" the Eastern theme returns, this time featuring a background of distorted guitar chords before heavy feedback and guitar noise take hold as the song morphs into a twenty plus minute riff based jam session.
Matushka are not going to deviate from what they do so well and why should they? They are a fine psychedelic/stoner rock band and hopefully will garner recognition outside their native country. Recommended.
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