The new release from Miami psych/blues outfit the Psycho Daisies
, Return from Blood Island
, is a wash of feedback, distorted growls, bumps, grunts, reverb, and haunting vocals, courtesy of Johnny Salton and company. Salton's roots are embedded in Miami musical history
, from power-pop group the Reactions, through his extensive work with Charlie Pickett
and co., to his current ongoing, multi-decade project. Salton has been long identified as a true guitar genius; this album serves as further proof.
The disc is reminiscent of early Velvet Underground stuff, but with more structured
songwriting and explosive intricate lead lines throughout, with a hint
of Cowboy Junkies thrown in. It is positively dunked in reverb -- and I
mean drowning -- though to great effect. Look for a few outstanding
covers, including the Pogues and Brian Eno. But my fav is "Karen's
Return From Blood Island;" that is just a perfect psych/garage simmerer.