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Blacklight Chameleons - A Field Guide To Blacklight Chameleonsdotdotdotdot
artworkOne of the more original neo-psych / paisley underground bands of the eighties was Blacklight Chameleons, who had significant instro chops and sometimes employed surf themes. This CD couples their two releases plus.
Picks: XMVT, Tripwave, Positive Source (X-Marks The Spot), Blacklight Chameleon Theme, The Surf Wizards

Track by Track Review

XMVT dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Garage (Instrumental)

Electronic disturbing swirlomatic brain wave riders' sounds for the ingrown mind of the lost generation. "XMVT" is kinda space, kinda psych, and relentless in its garage charm. Swirly and vintage cool.

Tripwave dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Garage (Vocal)

While "Tripwave" becomes a vocal, for the first half it's a glorious exercise in gnarly howling feedback and a great garage psych progression. Eerie and acid-scary, this track is a stunner! Even the vocal is cool, being more a narrated poem than a song.

Positive Source (X-Marks The Spot) dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Garage (Instrumental)

Eerie distant feedback calls like a misfiring synapse, with samples from Iron Butterfly Theme transitioning into a bass and echo-percussion weirdness. Eventually a great active panned guitar peaks out from a phase shifted envelope. Moody, psychedelic, and floaty.

Blacklight Chameleon Theme dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

Utterly tripped out pop psych intro with the emphasis on whacked. Excellent ambiance for the reality impaired.

The Surf Wizards dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

This is a light and wistful surf tune. Breezy ambiance and round ringing tones are the prefect platform from which to launch this beautiful melody. It's simplicity, coupled with the calliope glissandos from the psych keys create a dream like vision of the warm summer surf. Fine track.