Local promoter Wandering Oak have brought plenty of psychedelic treats to Newcastle in recent years, including Cumbrian upcomers The Lucid Dream and Ben Chasny’s long-running, revered project Six Organs of Admittance. On Sunday 26th February however, they’re hosting one of their most ambitious and remarkable bookings to date as they bring Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation to The Cluny.
Signed to Rocket Recordings – home to artists such as Gnod, Teeth Of The Sea and Newcastle’s own Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – and taking their name from the notion of ‘Liberation Upon Hearing In The Between’ from the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, Josefin Öhrn and the band certainly boast a pedigree. There’s plenty of the Krautrock tips and space-gazing sonics that one might expect from the current psych vintage, but it’s the winning melodicism and space that The Liberation conjure up that really impresses, with reviewers having invoked the likes of Third-era Portishead, Broadcast and Cat’s Eyes as kindred spirits. Tie this up with Öhrn’s mesmerising vocals, and you have a truly bewitching web of sound to fall into.
As well as this, there’s also support from Cheap Lunch, whose gritty riffs and frenzied performances add a rather dirtier, Stooges-indebted flavour to proceedings, and Behold A Pale Horse, whose own take on psychedelia leans into Screamadelica-era Primal Scream and the positive energy of classic rave. With Finders Keepers-esque DJ sets from Cherrystones throughout the evening as well, this has all the makings of one brilliant evening of music.