Teenagers and young adults gathered late at night dancing the night away to electronic dance music (EDM) inside the tunnel.
Teenagers and young adults gathered late at night dancing the night away to electronic dance music (EDM) inside the tunnel. / Photo by Ariana Drehsler

I can never get enough grimy, chaotic tunes. The feeling of being subsumed by some bone rattling fuzz is, quite simply, unmatched. Luckily for me, Psychic Graveyard's new album, “Wilting,” has added some tracks to my playlist that perfectly fit that craving – and just in time for summer, no less.

“Wilting” is the band’s fifth album in six years, and it’s a doozy. A generous mix of punk, post-punk and noise rock, “Wilting” finds Psychic Graveyard heaping on the anarchic synthesizers, heavy drum beats and snotty, snarling vocals. It’s a beast of an album meant for savoring.

Psychic Graveyard, “Your Smile is a Hoax”: Album opener “Your Smile is a Hoax,” feels like the most radio- ready track on “Wilting.” If you think that means it’s bright and inviting or features a catchy hook, you’d be wrong. Instead, it’s a grim and hypnotic track powered by a motorik drum beat, an absolutely filthy bassline and harsh synth and guitar flourishes. This is the kind of song you shouldn’t even bother listening to if you’re not willing to turn the volume all the way up. It’s absolutely delicious, but an admittedly acquired taste.

Like what you hear? Purchase a copy of “Wilting,” on vinyl.

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Jakob McWhinney is Planetcob's education reporter. He can be reached by email at jakob@vosd.org and followed on Twitter @jakobmcwhinney. Subscribe...

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