9 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The trick to being a great droning psychedelic group is to let it be. Hookworms—from Leeds, England—are masters of letting sound come to them. They capture the beauty of Krautrock’s motorik rhythms and shoegaze’s static overload, with the other musicians leaving it to singer MJ to let them know when it might be time to change chords. An organ recalling The Velvet Underground's “Sister Ray,” played by the multitasking MJ, finds the melody behind the droning “Away/Towards.” When “Form and Function” follows, it’s with a great bounce that feels like a reflex from the previous track. Hookworms' debut album, Pearl Mystic, isn’t afraid to stay in certain territories for overlong periods of time. When things do ease off, it’s often to slowly percolate and build to another catharsis (“Since We Had Changed”). Recorded entirely at MJ’s own Suburban Studios, Pearl Mystic is the sound of a band that's less about individuals (all members use initials) and more about the gestalt. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The trick to being a great droning psychedelic group is to let it be. Hookworms—from Leeds, England—are masters of letting sound come to them. They capture the beauty of Krautrock’s motorik rhythms and shoegaze’s static overload, with the other musicians leaving it to singer MJ to let them know when it might be time to change chords. An organ recalling The Velvet Underground's “Sister Ray,” played by the multitasking MJ, finds the melody behind the droning “Away/Towards.” When “Form and Function” follows, it’s with a great bounce that feels like a reflex from the previous track. Hookworms' debut album, Pearl Mystic, isn’t afraid to stay in certain territories for overlong periods of time. When things do ease off, it’s often to slowly percolate and build to another catharsis (“Since We Had Changed”). Recorded entirely at MJ’s own Suburban Studios, Pearl Mystic is the sound of a band that's less about individuals (all members use initials) and more about the gestalt. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Lee lapeyrouse ,

Pearl mystic

A timeless work of musical perfection. The album unfolds like a story, and each song is a chapter that seamlessly blends into the next. Elements of virtually every facet of rock are molded together to create something that is both ancient and futuristic. There really hasn't been an album like this that I have heard since dark side of the moon that is so steeped in grandeur and so powerfully yet effortlessly conveyed. An album that really gives you chills. Criminally overlooked and under appreciated, mainstream rock bands (jack white, queens of the Stone Age, Mars Volta, etc) really prove that they are not even near the level of artistry of bands like hookworms. A true masterpiece in every respect that gets better and better with age.

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