Inner Journey Out

Inner Journey Out

by Psychic IllsPsychic Ills


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Remember several decades ago, when the Beatles asked us to turn off our minds, relax and float downstream? Psychic Ills clearly do, and if their approach to their music is a far cry from what the Fab Four were up to, they've created one of the truly great "drifting on a cloud of lysergic thought" albums with their fifth long-player, 2016's Inner Journey Out. Obviously built around the notion that less is more, Inner Journey Out is made up of slow, contemplative numbers that embellish circular guitar and keyboard patterns as the musicians reach out to their hypnotic potential. Approaching something like psychedelic minimalism, Inner Journey Out's 14 tracks don't offer much in the way of melodies or hooks, but give them half a chance and you'll sink deep into this album like it's a comfy easy chair. For the most part, Tres Warren's lyrics don't amount to much, and are clearly meant to not distract from the music. But he does show a playful wit when he wants to (especially on "Coca-Cola Blues"), and he uses guest vocalist Hope Sandoval (of Mazzy Star) to fine advantage on "I Don't Mind." The band knows how to switch gears from the peaceful meandering of "Hazel Green" to the mildly ominous "Confusion (I'm Alright)" without taking the listener out of the larger experience. And while it can be hard to generate a groove at such a deliberate pace, Psychic Ills make their unhurried rhythms signify, and the occasional appearance of guest musicians on horns, strings, or percussion helps keep these simple sounds absorbing and genuinely rewarding. Inner Journey Out isn't made for all listeners or all purposes, but anyone interested in a journey down a peaceful river of sculpted sound is advised to investigate its properties.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2016
Label: Sacred Bones
UPC: 0616892382348
catalogNumber: 23823
Rank: 72347

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Psychic Ills   Primary Artist
Thom Monahan   Tambourine,Cabasa
Hope Sandoval   Vocals
Derek James   Chimes,Conga,Bottle,Shaker,Wood Block
Drew Mcdowall   Synthesizer
Chris Millstein   Bongos,Drums
Mike Wexler   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Cordero   Organ,Drums,Wurlitzer
Charles Burst   Bongos,Drums,Timpani
Elizabeth Hart   Bass
Tres Warren   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Drones
Harry Druzd   Drums
Lady Peachena   Vocals,Background Vocals
Matty McDermott   Pedal Steel Guitar
Casey Butler   Saxophone
Tim Ramsey   Pedal Steel Guitar
Nadine Simmons   Vocals,Background Vocals
Liza Thorn   Vocals

Technical Credits

Thom Monahan   Engineer
Charles Burst   Engineer
Mitch Rackin   Engineer
Tres Warren   Producer,Engineer
Yoed Nir   String Arrangements
Jonah Freeman   Artwork
Justin Lowe   Artwork

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