Homages to psyche and kraut-rock have a fender bender with sonic modernity.
By Bubba Krishnamurti
London based 5-piece Psychic Markers are not merely another set of archivists of psyche, kraut-rock, or synth music. The band’s third record Bella Union is true to their first two records, 2014’s Scrap Book No.1 and 2018’s Hardly Strangers, yet feels sonically updated. The tonal language on this record is far more calculated. ‘Sacred Geometry’ is a meditative 6/8 track that syncopates so pedantically that it is counted out for you. It’s the good kind of anxiety.
The beautifully animated video, produced by Lucy Dyson, is both an ode to psyche rock forebears as much as it is a nod to isochronism — much like the music.
In a note posted to their social media platforms, the band said this about the new tune :
“A song about human nature, the proneness to mistakes, imperfection and the implications of reactionary decision making. Sacred Geometry sits somewhere between humanity and artificial intelligence. The small break in the very middle of the track is that nanosecond you can have to make an important decision with part two being the knock on effect of making the wrong choice.
Me and Leon had a lot of fun with this one, we spent an evening in a basement screaming into microphones with the lights off.” Video producer Dyson explained the impetus behind the video.
“I had fun exploring the idea that while we are all operating from a cellular level of creation controlled by biological forces, we can’t really intercept (from the primordial drain sludge from whence we come, to the higher vibrations of the flower of life/cell division/nature/unity) our desire to live with the inconceivable idea that we are riding the escalator of life to our deaths.”