The Sonic Forest of Filligar
  • MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

"I believe in a long, prolonged derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown."

~Jim Morrison


If you've ever wanted a taste of the psychedelic experience without dipping your toes in the lysergic acid diethylamide waters, music has always been the closest simulation you could get. Pink Floyd's guitars seemingly melt into thin air. The Beatles melded Indian music with looping and textured sound effects on "Tomorrow Never Knows." Tame Impala's guitars bleed in and out to create an evocative sonic landscape. But there are other sides to psychedelic, mind-expanding music beyond those classic 60s sound, and "The Vandal & the Godsend" by Chicago alt-rockers Filligar is a more modern breed of psych-rock.

"The Vandal & the Godsend" is not an easy track to categorize. There are hints of the embyronic warmth of early Sigur Ros. There are teases of the avant-pop touchstones of pre-Merriweather Animal Collective. And there's even a hint of post-2000 electronic ennui ala Kid A but beyond the "guess that influence" game, "The Vandal & the Godsend" is a genuine "Composition" with a capital "C." The song builds and twists and turns and the initial drone soars into a gorgeous forest of a melody that you are all but forced to wander.

The band will be playing Pianos here in NYC on May 28th for their record release show, and check out the must-hear single below.




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