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'Psychid' - theres a band I bet you haven't heard of! - I first saw them play when they were supporting Brendan Benson at Southsea's Wedgewood Rooms in 2004. From the moment they started up, I was instantly impressed by their non-mainstream sound, interesting use of chords and excellent vocals. The four piece band from Oxford produce music in the Rock / Electronica genre, and in my opinion sound like a cross between 'Radiohead' and 'The Flaming Lips'.
Opening with 'Split Lip Sucker', the self-titled album gets off to an impressive start. The track is acoustic guitar based and features a punchy bass-line, soaring chorus, and orchestral backing.
'Wires Ripped Out' is quite an eerie number which is a little depressing but ultimately beautifully constructed nevertheless. This is certainly a track which feels like it could have been written by Radiohead - the ambitious vocals are great throughout this song.
'Moonshine' slows things down a little, and is a bit more experimental and dreamy than its surrounding tracks. The powerful guitar interlude at 3.45 is worth waiting for, and is a bit Pink Floyd-esque in its construction.
Opening with some old-skool Soft Cell style synth, 'Digging For Victory' is in my opinion the best song on the album, in fact it's one of my favourite tracks by any band - a fantastic song featuring excellent harmonies throughout which doesn't get boring no matter how many times you hear it.
With a frenetic drum beat, 'Everything She Is' picks up the tempo but can't match the anthemic highs of Digging for Victory and is dull in comparison.
Other tracks of note include 'Radio' which has some bizarre but powerful lyrics, and 'Burning Boy' which represents a fitting and thought provoking close to the album.
Overall, I would highly recommend 'Psychid' by Psychid, which can be purchased for £6.89 from play.com. The ambitious nature and variety of the tracks makes for a beautiful, if not always mainstream listen.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Split Lip Sucker
2 Wires Ripped Out
4 Digging For Victory
5 Everything She Is
6 Little Bears
9 Field Day
10 Burning Boy