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Album Review: Rayographs - 'Rayographs'

Marking their niche with timeless psychedelia and garage hooks

Album Review: Rayographs - 'Rayographs'

7 / 10 Worthless purveyors of lo-fi laziness, be damned: Rayographs have proved that it’s possible to pay homage to the shonky aesthetic of days gone by without camouflaging half-arsed tunes beneath layers of fuzz.

Whereas the likes of Yuck and Mazes use their retro-fetish to disguise their shallow mumblings, Rayographs hollow out their own space among their garage and blues influences. ‘My Critical Mind’ recalls the feral doom-mongering of Nick Cave, while ‘In Her Light’ revamps the shabby spirit of The Raincoats.

The past doesn’t always have to be a grotesque animal; plump for innovating rather than imitating, and it can be bred into a much more formidable beast.

Ben Hewitt


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