KARMA PRESENTS ~ WHITE MANNA, (USA)
SUNDAY PSYCH SPECIAL
Bleached out, dramatic score to America's wilds. While UK psych acts tend to journey inward in the face of madness, their US peers like to externalize thoughts crammed in their chaotic minds. So Pan, White Manna's fourth studio album in as many years, is a cathartic soundscaping of rugged northern California landscape; in particular of Humboldt Bay, where the five-piece reside, and Manila where they write. Recorded live to tape at San Francisco's Lucky Cat Recording- a real treasure trove filled with tube/ vintage mikes, pre amps, compressors, vintage API 2824 mixing console et al- it's produce by Phil Manley (Trans Am), who keeps everything fuzzy, distorted and in the red. Equal parts Stooges punk, Hawkwind space rock and Kosmiche beat, their tidal wave of noise is dense, intimidating and unforgiving, best exemplified on the title track, and angry, chaotic squall dedicated to the Greek god.