Anatomy Of A Sellout

by Dark Fog

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Dark Fog have created two sides of psychedelic haze, noise and wonder that stands alone as an album designed to be heard in one sitting.
Despite having 12 or so tracks, the music seems to run as one continuous piece, a brief swirl of noise giving way to some powerful drumming and distorted guitar as the album takes flight reminding me of Traffic Sound and free festival mode Hawkwind having a bit of a late night jam in a field somewhere, a full moon hanging overhead and smiling on the revellers. As the music moves forward the atmosphere is dense and sticky, vocals getting lost in the vortex of sound, effects vying with each other for attention, the music seemingly falling in on itself until it implodes into a black hole of psych loveliness, weird chords creeping through the spaces and stretching time as they do so. At this point I am reminded of Ash Ra and Timothy Leary on their excellent “Seven Up” LP with shades of the Elephant six collective thrown in as well, the drums and some fierce guitar then taking us back out into space and leading a merry Kraut/Psych dance all the way to the end of side one, which can go on a very long time if you are not concentrating as a locked groove spins endlessly, the listener just thinking the band have locked into some motorik groove for a while until you finally realise, something that happened to me several times.
Over on side two the locked groove finally moves forward and then fades, lost in a cloud of noise, the returning drums beating in a more mellow fashion although whispered vocals and droning feedback soon destroy any such notion, the music just taking a quick Hendrix Inspired breather, resting in a long forgotten lysergic cave before launching again with more experimental seventies rock madness that cloaks you completely.
Even more way out than the first side, the second half sees the band stretch out musically, drones, riffs, spaciness and fragile noise all beautifully blended for one of those late night, choose your own fuel, lie on your back kinda things, the album brought to not quite a conclusion by another locked groove that may fool the unwary.

A future underground classic like they made in the good old days, you know you want some. (Simon Lewis/Terrascope)


On Anatomy of a Sellout (Logan Hardware) Dark Fog run their glowing nuggets of psych through a rock tumbler, retaining the genre’s impenetrable mystique while polishing away much of the indulgent noodling that many contemporary psych bands seem to think is a foundational element. Not that there isn’t any freaked-out wailing—there’s plenty. But Dark Fog know how to play with purpose, and on the record it pays off in something resembling cohesion. Lugubrious passages melt into astral-pop melodies with noticeable beginnings and ends—but I’m almost happy to overlook the sequencing of the tracks so that I can blissfully let the whole package gel together.(Leor Galil/Chicago Reader)

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released April 20, 2017

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Dark Fog Chicago, Illinois

FULL DISCOGRAPHY:
-2004 'Til the End of Time
-2005 Cosmic Tone
-2007 The Ultimate cult of Psychedelic Psychosis
-2009 DF III
-2010 w/The Great Society Mind Destroyers
-2011 Drug Portal:Heavy Dilemma
-2012 The Seaside Sounds Of Dark Fog At Doctor Officer Quimby's House
-2013 Exotica
-2015 The Flow Machine At The End Of The World
-2017 Anatomy Of A Sellout
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