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Psychmonde

A Love Electric

Psychmonde, in its collective approach, is a block party in one of the most happening “barrios” one could imagine, and we are all invited. 

  1. John Medeski, Billy Martin, Arto Lindsay, Fer Ruvel, Alex Otaola, Loli Molina, Manuel Cafferena

For their 2016 release, “Psychmonde” A Love Electric chose to keep the creative work in house, recording in the studio of drummer Hernan Hecht in Mexico City, Hecht producing and mixing, after previous ,NYC-tracked, records The Naked Beat (Danny Blume, producer) and Son of A Hero (Patrick Dillett, mix).

Psychmonde finds A Love Electric realizing what has thus far proved difficult, translating the energy and character of the band’s live show to record. For this, ALE turned to the community of musicians, some heroes to the band, some street performers, some Mexico City scene contemporaries, that has grown around the grown in its ambitious touring. Keyboard hero John Medeski joins on the majority of Psychmonde, playing B3 organ in his signature hook-heavy, dance -nducing rhythmic voice. Cult hero, Brazilian/NYC singer songwriter Arto Lindsay joins on the track “Barrio” for a wild attack percussive guitar part unmistakably his own. A young rap duo Clouser found performing on the streets of Jalapa, Veracruz, known as Metnal and Babi Sick, join on the proud self initiative anthem “Be That Mule”. 

Psychmonde, in its collective approach, is a block party in one of the most happening “barrios” one could imagine, and we are all invited. 

The first track shared off the record, “White Jesus”, finds songwriter Clouser equal parts intrigued by wit, social phenomena, and the age old inspiration of folk, blues and American song tradition, religion. “In the veins of America, have I mistaken your love for trust?” Clouser sings in a speak toned voice finding inspiration  somewhere between Waits, Bowie, Beefheart, Burroughs, and blues tradition. Shared as a story inquiring as to the color of the omnipresent Jesus in Mexican culture, “White Jesus” is a microcosm of the record “Psychmonde”, finding humor in the absurd as social critique, offering a perspective that is as illuminating as it is musically engaging. Groove, intent, and world class musicianship carrying the tracks to danceable territory.

More straight rock offerings like, “Love Not”, find the band taking rock into odd meter and biting guitar without losing musicality or support for the song as impetus. Hecht’s drumming scatters the record with aggressive dance feels, atypical fills, and a musicality that has A Love Electric sounding like the power trio Jazz Times likened to a new-new generation Cream. Other standout tracks are the just twisted enough to not be party songs “One Vicious Disco” and “Jungle Earth” and the first line dreamer “Telemasque”, which Clouser opens with, “she lost her life to the internet”.

Psychmonde is a record of a band in full celebration of its creative flight. Four nations, generations from 18 to 62 and musical genres all fall victim to music’s great power of transcending division. We are left with something unique as the band itself.

With an ambitious vision and unmatched work ethic, A Love Electric continues to create its legacy as a unique and inspiring voice in the international creative music conscience.

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