The Strange Attractors

Midnight at Xochil's

Vinyl Platters

The Strange Attractors

Midnight at Xochil's (Past/Futures)

Many moons traveled this white vinyl of the Strange Attractors' third psychedelic orb, last spring's Midnight at Xochil's. Austin/Chicago imprint Past/Futures Records first pressed the Austin drones' 2009 sophomore sand-swirl Sleep and You Will See, as well as reissuing the slide guitar burn of the band's coagulated debut two years previously on half sangria, half yellow crème-colored vinyl. Grooved to wax after a capital campaign, Midnight at Xochil's strikes the Attractors' most varied chords, "Sweet 17" opening a clip up from the band's usual pooling tempo, Masonic temple vox and ship-hull guitar atmospherics capped by a phosphorous solo. A chopping riff boxed by blunt-instrument bass and flaring organ, "Premonition Equinox" pairs up in sonic diversity with the tin-can-phone vocals, snaking sonics, and percussive mulch of "Black and Mild." Side two wears nostalgia on its tunic in Spaceman 3 footprint "Walking With Jesus," which gives way to the tough bubblegum pop of "Psycho Babel," faintly echoing the late-Eighties Ramones covering "Little Bit o' Soul." Midnight at Xochil's: Mayan mood music.

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