Saturday, November 27, 2010

Been Obscene - The Magic Table Dance

Been Obscene
The Magic Table Dance

Denizens of the Germanic realms seem to be the ones upholding the tradition of 90s psychedelic stoner rock more diligently than anywhere else in the world, and the Munich-based Elektrohasch label (owned by Stefan Koglek of leading light Colour Haze) has that market cornered. Been Obscene, the company’s latest signing, hails from Salzburg, Austria, but its heart is covered by the Kyuss-ground sand of the California desert. At least that seems to be the case on The Magic Table Dance, the quartet’s latest LP. Powered by dynamic rhythms and distortion so warm it should come wrapped in a blanket, the catchy Impressions, the tuneful How It Feels, the brief Ring Ring and the massive epic Demons go down like oatmeal garnished with jalapeno spices – there’s enough bite to get your attention, but it’s still basically comfort food. Nothing wrong with that, of course, and as far as that goes, The Magic Table Dance is quite tasty.

- Michael Toland

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