Strange Psych Brew Featuring Hypatia Lake, Scriptures and More
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM
(Waid's) Tonight the Central District gets a heaping vat of Northwestern psych rock. Hypatia Lake and Scriptures have been dealing in epic, elemental songwriting/soundscaping for years, the former conjuring Mercury Rev–like expanses of space through deftly FX'd guitars and the latter forging a dustier brand of broad-shouldered, big-skied instrumental rock à la Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Newer Seattle group Kingdom of the Holy Sun just dropped their Surya's Smile II album, which reins in their more sprawling tendencies for a tighter, slightly sunnier take on psychedelia while still maintaining a serpentine grandeur. And, yes, vocalist Guido Anselmi sounds like Jim Morrison; get over (or under) it. Portland via Berlin and Melbourne's House of Light boast solid songwriting chops and trade in a surging, romantic strain of psych rock that recalls '80s stalwarts the Church and Echo and the Bunnymen.