Israel’s Slowrepeat give us an album that’s so fuzzy, distorted, and spacey that it gives the listener the feeling of actually partaking in the devil’s lettuce. This mind-altering release allows the listener to shirk off the shackles of time, as they lose themselves in the epic fuzz-fest that is Abra Cannabra. For a debut album, this is a genuinely solid offering and I look forward to see what comes next.
Album: Abra Cannabra
Label: Herby Records
Release Date: January 4th, 2024
Written by James Sweetlove
Israel’s Slowrepeat give us a debut album that’s so fuzzy, distorted, and spacey that it gives the listener the feeling of actually partaking in the devil’s lettuce. This mind-altering release allows the listener to shirk off the shackles of time, as they lose themselves in the epic fuzz-fest that is Abra Cannabra.
The trio weave together elements of doom, psychedelic rock and stoner metal, working in captivating instrumentation from not only guitars, drums and bass, but synthesizer and bouzouki. There’s a balancing act performed here between the heavier, more oppressive doom elements and the spacier, more intricate psychedelic moments. At many points these two overlap, but at other times they take turns in the spotlight.
As far as vocals go, Ben Salomon employes a clean sung style that has a gruffness and edge to it like something one would hear from the early 90s grunge scene or late 90s stoner rock scene. They also appear at times with heavy distortion and layering effects to add some extra trippiness to an already psyched out release. What I like about the vocals though is that they are used sparingly, allowing the bands instrumental work to shine, and further enhancing the overall atmosphere of the release.
The guitar tone on the release alone makes it worth listening to, ranging from downright filthy fuzz and distortion to crisp, clean, and stunning psych effects. Some of the effects employed really make the listener have to stop and focus solely on the guitar, because it just sounds so otherworldly. The bass backs all of this up perfectly, adding a massive depth of sound and really padding out the overall power and weight of the music. Meanwhile the drums do exactly what is needed of them at any given moment, from intense hammering and cymbal crashes to rhythmic, hypnotic patterns. Tying all of this together are layered, highly textured synth elements that add even further to the album’s mind-altering effect.
This is a truly solid release and one that any fans of heavy, fuzzy music should explore. As far as albums of this nature go it actually runs on the shorter side, coming in at 35 minutes in total length, making for a fairly easy and digestible listen. For a debut full-length album, this is a genuinely solid offering and I look forward to see what comes next. My one recommendation though is to play this loud and on something with some genuine bass.
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