[Review] Possum – Lunar Gardens

Possum is a young band originally from Toronto, Canada that offers sounds strongly influenced by Psychedelia, Krautrock and Canterbury Scene proposed with personal and modern characters. They have released two albums, the latest “Lunar Gardens” was released on July 2, 2021 via Idée Fix Records and is available on Digital and Vinyl. A lysergic journey composed of 8 tracks for a total of over 34 minutes, which confirms and improves the good things heard in the previous release. The album opens with “Clarified Budder” with deep and enveloping bass lines and a scratchy guitar, and then with a change to accelerate thanks to an energetic rhythmic session. The vocal adapts well to the music and guides us on this journey that immediately clarifies the intentions of the band right from the start. The sounds of the past are proposed in a modern and personal key, with a pleasant instrumental section at the end that closes with a guitar solo. “Gala at the Universe City” is characterized by a guitar enriched by a 60’s wah wah, hypnotic bass lines and a vocal reminiscent at times of Jim Morrison. The rhythm session is elaborate and despite the short duration there is room for a solo guitar insert in the finale. A hypnotic bass line, enveloping and lysergic keyboards start “Heywood Floyd” to which is added an effect and cutting guitar with always precise inserts. The elaborate and rhythmic structure is engaging and the track shows another pleasant distortion of the sound of the band, softer and more dreamy that takes us to another dimension for 5 minutes. Tempo changes and solo cues are an added value, where the guitar becomes the protagonist and at the center of the sound. “Guest of the Moon” is more acidic than the previous one, with the voice that gently cradles us, while the music rich in tempo changes alternates softer passages with more energetic ones. A very intense track that takes us back in time to the golden years of the genre, we are in the middle of the album and the intensity remains very high. A percussion intro with a deep and vibrant bass and a guitar that completes with fuzzed melodies, on which vocal plots are inserted. In the background the keyboards and the phrasing with the percussions make this song cheerful and engaging, particular and original, well composed and performed even in the long instrumental section. A percussion intro with a deep, vibrant bass and a guitar that completes with fuzzed melodies, on which vocal interlacing is inserted characterize “Leyline Riders.” In the background the keyboards and the phrasing with the percussions make this song cheerful and engaging, particular and original, well composed and performed even in the long instrumental section. “Moonjuice” is the longest track on the album and begins with percussion and bass giving body and rhythm to the sound, on which the guitar offers another flawless proof. The mixes between keyboard and guitar give life to melodies enriched by effects that project us into a Psychedelic world made up of very elaborate and never banal sound weaves. With an intro full of effects and keyboard melodies begins “Dance of the Eclipse” to continue in the first part with a rhythmic theme and an effected vocal. In the second part, a keyboard atmospheric effect takes us into deeper space and guides us to the end of the track. Closes the album the shorter track “Lunar Gardens” with percussion, acoustic guitar and a warm and expressive vocal. The atmospheres are ethereal and spatial, an elaborate composition that closes this work with a flourish, which involved me so much that I didn’t realize that the record was finished. Congratulations to these young artists who were able to recreate the atmospheres and sounds of the 60s, offering a multi-faceted Psychedelic Rock full of ideas. The trip offered by the band is of exquisite workmanship, despite the young age of the artists involved, offering a mature sound full of ideas and excellent technique. A listening recommended to all lovers of late ’60s sounds related to Psychedelia and rich in elaborate and refined plots. An interesting band that will surely be followed in the future as well.

Tracklist

01. Clarified Budder (05:03)
02. Gala at the Universe City (02:15)
03. Heywood Floyd (05:13)
04. Guest of the Moon (04:10)
05. Leyline Riders (04:41)
06. Moonjuice (05:41)
07. Dance of the Eclipse (02:32)
08. Lunar Gardens (02:09)

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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