RANGDA - Formerly Extinct
The psych-rock supergroup consisting of Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Chris Corsano (Flowers-Corsano Duo, too many other projects to name) is back back back! Rangda’s sophomore effort — on the heels of 2010’s titanic False Flag — keeps the blood flowing with eight masterful instrumental excursions. If anything, the trio sounds more confident in their compositions, more comfortable with one another, yet still striving for collective sonic ecstasy. There are fewer knock-down, drag-out blowouts this time around; instead, there’s an intricacy at work here, as Chasny and Bishop’s guitars weave their way in and around Corsano’s powerful, polyrhythmic grooves. The eastern-tinged melodies Bishop loves are especially prevalent — opener “Idol’s Eye” gives legendary Middle Eastern guitarist Omar Khorshid a run for his money, and the appropriately long, winding “Silver Nile” takes the listener on a meditative trip into unknown lands. Another high point: the moment when “The Vault” switches from scratchy, scrawly, ultra-tense riffage into a majestic, Neil Young-ian climax. Formerly Extinct is another triumph for this band. All hail Rangda!