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Albums Of The Week: Psychlona | Palo Verde

These U.K. psychonauts’ vintage desert-rock sound is truly a blast from the past.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The 1970s were a trip. The end of the ’60s was a cold, hard slap in the face by reality for psychonauts everywhere — but the era’s psychedelic drip still trickled down to inspire some of the greatest rock ’n’ roll mankind has ever produced. Strapping you into their sonic time machine, Psychlona reproduce the sound and vibration of rock’s most mystical and formative decades on their third album Palo Verde.

Low-slung and leaning into that desert groove, Palo Verde are a time machine where guitars traverse the cosmos and reproduce the vibrations of rock’s decadent years. Steeped in subculture, sea change and profound sonic transformation, from the proto-metal and psychedelia of the late ’60s and early ’70s headlong into the heaviness of Judas Priest and Black Sabbath and on to the ’80s / ’90s Palm Desert scene, Psychlona take us all back to a time when distraction was never devoid of human connection. When rockers were good to each other and music reigned supreme. Desert groove and peaking guitars were the universe’s song, guiding humanity into uncharted artistic direction.

Formed in Bradford in the summer of 2016, Psychlona have fast become one of the U.K.’s most coveted heavy psych-rock bands. Now three chapters deep into their own cosmic journey (following 2018’s Mojo Rising and 2020’s Venus Skytrip), Palo Verde is their most electrifying yet.”