Prolific psych solo star delivers on third album in four years

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Tobacco - 'Ultima II Massage'


Tobacco – ‘Ultima II Massage’

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


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