Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Shyga! The Sunlight Mound


4.5
superb

Review

by Asleep: [on the forest floor] STAFF
February 5th, 2021 | 59 replies


Release Date: 02/05/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Live while you're young, enjoy each day

Listening to SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound, the frantic fourth full-length project from the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, you get the sense that the lads who make up the Aussie psych-rock outfit really, really miss touring. Exuding levels of kinetic, haywire energy no doubt capable of leveling a small village and putting it back together again: SHYGA! was clearly designed for a live setting, practically begging to be played loud and proud. All the hazy, tie-dye nuance and relative restraint of both High Visceral records and 2019’s And Now for the Whatchamacallit melts away here in favour of a relentless, no-holds-barred groove-fest. Lead singles “Tally-Ho”, “The Terrors” and “Mundungus” are, quite frankly, insane - undoubtedly the heaviest the Crumpets have taken their sound whilst still sticking firmly to their garage-y, hard rock roots. It’s still music to boogie, woogie and (most importantly) boogie-woogie to, retaining a light-hearted, danceable character despite the rather breathless direction the quintet have chosen to take in 2021.

The more time you spend with SHYGA!, however, the more all of its gorgeous little details begin to bubble to the surface. “Mango Terrarium”, by way of an example, sets sail on a sea of hallucinogenic soup, gradually fading into fog and fleeting fuzz as the voyage continues. It’s a more subtle blend of colours and textures than the band’s typically alternating approach to stylistic synergies tends to allow for, the hard rock edge to their sound slowly softening and warping back into form rather than starply flicking on and off as and when required. The same trick shows up on “Hats off to the Green Bins”, starting out as a relatively straightforward Crumpet slowburner before slipping into gloriously hazy reverb and blissful, ossicalting vocal harmonies. The lads clearly kept themselves busy last year by honing their craft - despite frontman Jack McEwan’s lyrical obsession with the mundanity and mild-alcoholism of lockdown suggesting otherwise - with SHYGA! setting the new high-watermark for all their future releases as a result.

Having had the pleasure of catching the Crumpets live in 2019 at a crummy, beaten-up pub just 20 minutes from my flat, I was struck by how much additional umpth the band were able to pack into their already rather umpth-y sound through an in-the-moment performance. With SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound, Jack and co. have miraculously managed to bottle that umpth, sure to deliver a dizzying dose of fun and frivolity into living rooms around the world (or, at the very least, into mine). It’s a record to dance your way through the apocalypse to, brimming with appropriate levels of silliness and glee, all the way up to its stunning closer. As the riffs subside and grooves give way, “The Tale of Gurney Gridman'' fades into fractal, glitchy acoustics. Your head begins to spin, as the album’s core message finally reveals itself:

Don't wait for the world to spin, it's not waiting 'round for anyone

There's no finish line, ticket sign or button to start it all again

Every old man, tells me the same

Live while you’re young, enjoy each day




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AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2021


7012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sorry for gushing. it's quite good.





ignorethefashion
February 5th 2021


124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. I'm diving into this thing now. The opener into Tally-Ho is a strong ass start.

farmerobama
February 5th 2021


349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a bit underwhelmed at first listen. Will see how it grows

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LeddSledd
February 5th 2021


4181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what wot this is a thing that's out????



checking promptly

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AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2021


7012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's nowhere near as nuanced as the HV records, but my god it is soooooo much fun

ChaoticVortex
February 5th 2021


1119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yeah another psych stoner band I can fry my brain to. Good review, will check these guys.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2021


23709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Super fun album so far!

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LeddSledd
February 6th 2021


4181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty sweet shit



not sure if I'd say it's better than their last or not tho. def not better than either HV

AxeToFall93
February 6th 2021


280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty much on par with HV2, great shit

MyLittleDarkAge
February 6th 2021


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Big Dijon" best intro I've heard

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2021


23709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Surrender to the render

Pikazilla
February 6th 2021


15064 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

all this praise is getting me hyped



really enjoyed both hvs

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2021


7012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jam it pika. Best record of 2021 for me so far.



My vinyl copy / PPC t shirt arrived today. I have never stan'd so hard for a band.

DDDeftoneDDD
February 6th 2021


15902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh nice!

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unclereich
February 7th 2021


9713 Comments


Not too shabby, sounds a lot like cage the elephant in some sections

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CaliggyJack
February 7th 2021


5326 Comments


"Psychedelic Porn Crumpets"

Alright now yall ain't even God damn trying no more.

GhandhiLion
February 7th 2021


10576 Comments


Is this 'dude weed lmao' stoner rock?

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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2021


23709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, more like "dude, 👽, wtf, shrooms?"

Mythodea
February 7th 2021


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't listen to much psych rock, but sometimes I like to keep an eye on the genre for such energetic albums that can make the perfect soundtrack for careless Sundays

BlownSpeakers
February 7th 2021


132 Comments


Sweet review. Never heard of em before but will check out now.



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