Glaswegian band The Kundalini Genie‘s new single ‘Half In, Half Out’, title track off their forthcoming album out via Little Cloud Records (US) and Space Ranch Records (Europe) , is an explosive dose of shoegaze trippy excess: utterly satisfying and thoroughly cathartic. Ride’s Mark Gardener mastering the mix through his OX4 Studio provides a gold mark standard of quality.
A wall of scything guitars and a thunderous and insistant rhythm section create an aural crescendo, the vocals are distant, louche, disdainful and powerful with choruses in the background adding a gloss. This is powerful, classic shoegaze: velvet melodies served on a barbed-wire plate with a garnish of psychedelia.
Robbie Wilson (sitar, guitars and vocals) says of the track:
This song is about assholes, really. People who aren’t nice. People who think they’re better than you, or too cool for you, or higher and mightier than you, it’s also about when those people inevitably fall short of their own high opinion of themselves and make themselves look a fool, in a nutshell.
The sheer sneery delivery compounds the message with brute force.
The accompanying video, filmed and edited by the band’s guitarist Louis Martin, with its dynamic effervescent performance scenes, confirms that the band is an enigmatic force: capturing an animal vitality and presence:
The album will be out on 12 November and can be pre-ordered here:
You can catch The Kundalini Genie live in the UK on the coming months – details below:
Oct 26 London – Victoria Dalston (with Black Market Karma)
Oct 27 Glasgow – 13th Note (with Black Market Karma)
Oct 29 Rotherham – TBA
Oct 30 Liverpool – EBGBs (Phantasmagoria)
Nov 04 Birmingham – TBA
Dec 07 Glasgow – Nice N Sleazy (with Firefriend)
The Kundalini Genie centers around singer-songwriter Robbie Wilson (sitar, guitar, vocals) and also involves Jason Houston (guitar, vocals), Melissa Rennie (guitar, keys, vocals), Lloyd Ledingham (bass, vocals), Louis Martin (guitar, vocals) and Grant Robertson (drums).
Feature Photograph: Louis Martin