I have no idea how many of you have heard about a Spanish town called Alicante, but I may tell that I got familiar with this name years ago when, as a teenager, I passionately followed Spanish football, because Alicante CF is one of the football teams in Segunda División. Now, not to try to prove the well-known fact that football is the “most important secondary thing in the world”, I shall, without further ado, introduce you to a young psychedelic rock trio called Domo.
Let me set it clear from the beginning: these Spaniards know what to do with their instruments. Domo is their first album and apparently these guys have invested a lot of effort to come up with a release that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with their many colleagues in the genre. Domo makes me understand the term “psychedelic”, reflected through their hypnotizing turnovers of guitars and freakingly intense rhythm section.
It’s expected that the lengthiest tracks build up this recording, but during my listenings I didn’t feel any kind of inequality during the album’s playtime. Psychedelic rock is a musical style that establishes a connection between the audio and visual. With eyes open wide, these tunes make me dream of southern Spain, especially its desert parts (such The Tabernas Desert or Bardenas Reales). Maybe it is where these desert rock references come from. Searching for what has inspired Alicante’s oeuvre is truly not a smart decision, these guys don’t really have limits and do not follow any particular traces, but surely pay tribute to some of the likes of the golden era of psychedelic subculture. The overall impression is that Domo is a psychedelic rock album when it’s needed, the timings for fuzzy guitar- and drum-work are set to appear in a natural flow. Nothing is over-pushed, they seem to prefer to stay in the subdomains of folkish and ambient-meditative stuff rather than force out psyched-out patterns that could only bore a listener. And for that, Domo gets a prize.
At the other side the albums foundations lie in psychedelia. Domo does not stop even a second for prediction, their experimental level is brought to a state of smoothness. I can’t resist mentioning My Brother the Wind’s Twilight in the Crystal Cabinet. Some of you know my excitement concerning this album, the Swedes came up with an opus that shook psychedelic rock upside-down through its axis. If that is the case (and that is!), then to put it simply, Domo continues the same way, threatening to establish a new standard in a quietly dull psychedelic branch.
Paco – drums, percussion
Sam – guitars, effects
Oscar – bass, vocals