“Psychic Slime” by Dog Brain: Album review

So some of you may recall the review we did of Alligator, the previous release from Dog Brain. Well good news folks, they’re back with a brand new LP called Psychic Slime! Those of you that remember Alligator may also remember what a blend of sounds that that EP was comprised of. Psychic Slime doesn’t let down in that regard, as it blends together a mix of power-pop and  psychedelic rock with a bit of influence from blues music and punk music through the ten track album.

“(I Only) Came Here 2 Rock” opens the album with a heavy drum beat and a matching guitar that brought in twinges of melody before the vocals join in. It’s decently pace, and meanders along as it drags the listener into the album. It gets deeper and a little heavier at a point, but the pacing and feel stay about the same. It’s a decent introduction to the album, and leaves the listener ready for the rest of the album. “Eddie the Rat” starts off considerably heavier than the first track on the album, but drops out to a strongly pitched buzz quickly before picking up speed and becoming a mix of vocals and instruments that are all equally matched in focus on the track. The song feels messy at first, but it quickly makes up for it by being such an easy stand out from the first track on the album and makes its finer points work well for it. “Get U High” begins with a more twangy vibe to it, making the first three songs on this album completely different from each other. It’s not too fast paced of a song, but it is incredibly fun to listen to it and it certainly holds the attention well.

“Runaway Man” begins with loud guitars blending rhythm and melody wonderfully. The guitars really hold the initial presence of the song, and the vocals help the song move along at an incredibly quick pace. It never lets up through it’s length and really makes a statement of itself on the album. “Dig Dig Dig” opens with a slower and more melodic sound than “Runaway Man” but it holds up well after it’s predecessor. It moves at a decent enough pace and is easy to listen and just sway to. It’s the second longest song on the album, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way. it balances it’s length nicely with it’s pacing. “(sparks)” is the shortest song on the album. It’s a nice break after “Dig Dig Dig” and sort of has an ethereal but melodic feel to it, even as it rises to a high pitched hum before ending. “Brain Shock” starts off loud and heavy, but tones the loudness down so the vocals aren’t drained out by the rest of the song. there are points where it feels like parts of the song are coming from the other end of a tunnel for me, which is an interesting sensation to combine with the subject of the song. It’s a lovely song to listen to and holds the attention really well.

“They Ain’t Hurtin’ Like U” opens with a slightly more melodic feel, and moves along at a decently quick pace. It’s a very pretty song to listen to, and extremely easy to bop along to as it plays. It is a bit drowned out by some of the other songs on the album though, but beyond that it’s lovely.  “Hermit Blues” is the longest track on the album and begins with a slow pace and interesting blend of guitars and melody before the vocals join in. The song feels a bit slowed down at points, but the music and vocals work well with this effect, and managed to hold the attention easily despite the slower pacing of the song. It also seems to move along at a decent place, even picking up a little speed during some instrumental parts. It doesn’t seem to drag terribly and for the most part you can hardly tell that it’s a long song, but there are parts where you can almost feel the length of the song. It handles itself well though and continues to slowly build up from the crawl that it started out at. It holds it’s overall feeling extraordinarily well even as it speeds up and by the last two minutes the song is at a quick pace that is on the other end of the spectrum from the slowed down feeling, but the pacing drops off considerably as the song winds to a close. The blend of quick and slow is found with ease for the end of the song, and it’s an absolute trip to listen to. “Howlin’ at the Moon” closes out the album by starting off with a quick build into a beat and rhythm based assortment of instruments. It starts off at a decent but quick pace and manages to hold it even as the vocals start. It’s actually quite a nice song to wind down to, and ends the album on a note that leaves the listener feeling fulfilled.

All in all, I continue to be impressed by Dog Brain and their range of sounds and talents. I definitely think that this album is worth the listen, and highly recommend that you give it a chance. Download and streaming of Psychic Slime is available through Bandcamp, and more music from dog Brain is available here.

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