26.06.2019

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ new album is a display of the band’s versatility

Words by Gabriella Beaumont

The rockers are absolutely flying.

As a follow up to their two-part High Visceral project, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have delivered a high-quality display of musicianship and instrumentation with their first self-produced album, And Now for the Whatchamacallit.

ANFTW’s soundscape exudes a 1930s carnival, combining playful atmospherics with their already-developed psychedelia. With sophisticated variety and charm, the album dives in with two leading singles ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’ and ‘Bill’s Mandolin’. An effortless standout, the latter of the two tracks is laden with reminiscent Beatles sounds and plunges us into a creative dream world.

The album takes listeners through undulations of driving chaos, contrasted with moments of ambient calmness. This is seen through the sustaining reverb and melodic vocals of ‘Hymn For A Droid’ and shimmering ethereal track ‘Fields, Woods, Time’. The 55-second track eases the tempo before kaleidoscopic album highlight, ‘Native Tongue’, recalibrates the psych haste.

Jazz-leaning number, ‘Digital Hunger’ provides a new component to the band’s arsenal before album closer, ‘Dezi’s Adventure’, closes things out with a psych onslaught. Put simply, ANFTW exemplifies Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ musical curiosity and cements them as a rapidly emerging Australian band.

8.5