Review Summary: An overlooked gem that may never receive the recognition it deserves
Before the likes of Jane's Addiction, Perry Farrell was a part of a little band called "Psi Com," a short lived gothic post-punk band that faded into oblivion only to leave us this little EP. Drawing influences from Bauhaus and other contemporary acts during that time period, Psi Com crafted a sound that was both original and alluring. A sound that would give the average listener a spiritual rejuvenation with repeated listens and some insight towards the themes associated with these accusations. Creating hypnotic song structures that compliment the lyrical subject matters that Perry Farrell was going for at the time, they drifted far apart from the local music scene that was going during that time.
One might notice Farrell's vocal delivery is extremely abstract on this release compared to his other works. It's very subtle, precise, and on key with the chaos of of instruments going on around him. A major highlight from the album where the vocals shine the most is "Human Condition." In the standard 4/4 time signature, all the instruments dance around each other in this nihilistic approach that feels both forbidden and all inviting at the same time. Foreboding a sense of wonder and suspense that leech on to this and many other tracks on this EP. "Xiola" is the only track on this release that recalls the roars and shrieks of Jane's Addiction, in terms of nostalgia and recognizable factors associated with the band. A spiritual and sparse composition that compliments the very nature of Perry's soporific voice.
This piece of work, although majestic, still has its fair share of flaws and issues. For one, the production is muddy and rough around the edges. This can either be looked at as either a positive or a negative, but for the common listener this might catch them off guard a little bit. Secondly, some of tracks on this release drag on a lot more than needed. A perfect example would be "City of 9 Gates," which comes off as over indulgent and fails to reach any substance related subject matters in the midst of doing so.
Although this release has it's incredible highs and may hit rock-bottom on a few occasions, it's still an overlooked gem that any music fan should check out, but may never receive the recognition it deserves.