SXSW Platters


Little Kingdom (Dead Oceans)

Citay specializes in campfire psychedelia, the type of peyote-fueled, nomadic noodling that causes hazy visions of desert sky. Led by San Francisco-based guitarist Ezra Feinberg of Piano Magic and the Fucking Champs' Tim Green, the largely instrumental collective's second effort offers nine such enchanted phantasms. "First Fantasy" develops the blueprint for what follows, acoustic meditations organically unfolding into larger, electric soundscapes, like Six Organs of Admittance without the Eastern accent. This pattern becomes mundane in the title track and "A Riot of Color," but harmonized leads throughout Little Kingdom twist and turn in stunning unison, at times recalling Ratatat and post-Dark Side Floyd. The hammer of the gods finally strikes on "Former Child," a thunderous, seven-minute suite that sounds like Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter" performed by Glenn Branca's 100 guitar orchestra. "Moonburn" closes with a spectacular meteor shower of distorted guitar. The kingdom is within you. (Thursday, March 13, Mohawk, 11:30pm; Friday, March 14, Spiros Amphitheater, 12mid.)


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