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Released: 24.08.18







Led by the talents of Gordon Watson (Terminal Cheesecake, Luminous Bodies) and Mike Vest (BONG, Blown Out, Haikai No Ku and many more), Melting Hand boast true psychedelic pedigree. One of the joys of the band’s second album, Faces Of Earth, however is how often it finds its members pushing outside of their comfort zone and tapping into new inspiration.

Opening track Dust is a permanently ascending desert-rock delight that makes an ideal curtain-raiser for an album containing a take on Joe Henderson’s track Earth that plunges from molten groove to haunting drone and back again and the trepanning intensity of Dirt. Taking a holistic attitude to psych and finding space amidst the freak-outs, Faces Of Earth is a thing of post-Can delight.


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