Just one month after the release of their first album, Psychic Lemon were condensed from a four-piece band down to three. The band’s reaction to this has been to create more texture, incorporating layers of drones, percussion and extensive guitar effects, and to let songs evolve naturally from extended jams. On their new album, ‘Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay’, the music has moved even further from typical song structures, mostly eschewing vocals in favour of a widescreen soundscape of guitar effects, distorted bass and drums. Here the Cambridge outfit take us through their latest album, track by track.
Exit to the Death Lane
Based on guitar and drum loops inspired by the label Analog Africa, who reissue excellent music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. We’ve never been to Africa, but we have been to outer space.
This was one of the final tracks created for the album along with the final track Satori Disko. The title is a reference to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. We give our jams names in alphabetical order, and this jam was randomly called Alex. The name seemed to suggest Alex DeLarge, which encapsulated the nastiness and aggression of the track, hence the name.
You’re No Good
This is another track inspired by the label Analog Africa, who reissue excellent music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
Interstellar Fuzz Star
This is the oldest track on the album — we started working on it before the first album was finished, and it evolved over the following 18 months. It’s a track where we try to take people on a journey. It originally had lyrics inspired by Iain Banks’ State Of The Art” where an advanced civilisation tells the leaders of the world their game is over and sets about organising Earth on anarchist-communist principles. But, the track sounded better as an instrumental.
This is based on a simple guitar loop, with multiple guitar layers built up on top — when we play live, we do add the layers live. In Buddhism, “satori” can mean comprehension, understanding or “seeing one’s true nature”. It’s also the title of an album by Flower Travellin’ Band. “Disko” is the German spelling of the word, which is a nod towards being on a German Label, and being huge fans of “krautrock”.