MUD SPENCER, the brainchild of visionary musician Rodolphe, returns with their highly anticipated album “Kliwon,” an immersive and experimental sonic experience that delves deep into the realms of psych-fuzz rock. Building upon their collaboration with Studio Berserk and drawing inspiration from Indonesian horror movie soundtracks, MUD SPENCER takes listeners on an enthralling musical adventure filled with atmospheric variations and intricate compositions.
“Kliwon” opens with “Suzzanna,” a nine-minute track. The haunting Indonesian movie soundtrack sample creates an eerie atmosphere, serving as a gateway to the expansive sonic landscape that lies ahead. As the album progresses, tracks like “Ratu Kidul” and “Jasmin Eater” take listeners on epic journeys, with their extended runtimes allowing for exploration and experimentation. MUD SPENCER’s ability to slowly build upon a main idea while integrating various elements is evident throughout the album, creating a mesmerizing and immersive experience for the listener.
Rodolphe’s mastery of multiple instruments shines on “Kliwon.” From the hypnotic guitar riffs to the pulsating drums and atmospheric organ, each element is meticulously crafted to enhance the overall sonic tapestry. The low tempo late ’60s and early ’70s influences are palpable, as MUD SPENCER pays homage to the classic sounds of bands like My Sleeping Karma, Spiritual Beggars, and Karma To Burn while adding their own unique twist.
The production quality of “Kliwon” is exceptional, thanks to the masterful mastering work of Esben Willems from MONOLORD, which skillfully highlights the intricate nuances of each track, allowing them to truly shine. The album seamlessly blends heavy fuzz-driven moments with introspective and atmospheric passages, creating a dynamic sonic journey that keeps the listener engaged from start to finish.
“Kliwon” showcases MUD SPENCER’s unwavering commitment to their craft, as they fearlessly venture into uncharted territories within the realm of psych-fuzz rock. It is an album that demands repeated listens to fully appreciate the intricacies and nuances embedded within each track. With its release via Argonauta Records, MUD SPENCER’s “Kliwon” is poised to make a lasting impression on fans of the genre and solidify their position as a force to be reckoned with in the psychedelic rock scene.
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Released by ARGONAUTA Records on May 26th, 2023
Music source for review – Grand Sounds PR