Tobacco – ‘Ultima II Massage’

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Prolific psych solo star delivers on third album in four years

Tom Fec, better known as Tobacco from psych wizards Black Moth Super Rainbow, spent his teenage years making abrasive electronica on beat-up cassettes. For his third solo album (and first in four years), the Pittsburgh-based musician has revisited that sound, recreating a tape-melting wooziness that’s both infectious and unsettling. There’s unmistakable pop genius beneath the gritty hip-hop beats, vocoder refrains and hazy synths, but it’s deliberately dirtied and deformed. The songs stutter, shift speeds or end abruptly; the flow varying from speaker-blowing bangers (‘Eruption’, ‘Father Sister Berzerker’) to zoned-out ambience (the Boards Of Canada-inspired ‘Creaming For Beginners’ and ‘Spitlord’). As an album, it’s uneven, but its stream of highlights make this a fun listen, perfect for the summer.

Cian Traynor

Details

Record label: Ghostly International
Release date: 02 Jun, 2014