Charismatic Megafauna by Psymon SpineRelease date: February 19, 2021
Label: Northern Spy Records
“Anyone, anywhere…” goes one of the lines in ‘Confusion’, the opening track on Charismatic Megafauna, the album by Brooklyn duo, Psymon Spine. Listening to the track, and the album itself, you can add the following to that line: …are you in for a Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem/Phoenix combination?
Not that Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker is a stranger to adding some dance floor grooves to his version of psychedelia, but Psymon Spine’s Noah and Sabine obviously have a penchant for the combination. Not only that, they can really hold their own with it. It is one of those situations where you absolutely don’t care where the artist(s) draw their inspiration. They are able to absorb them completely and come up with some nifty personal touches that move them from the copycat territory into something that is actually their own.
The reason that Psymon Spine has such a fully functional sound lies in the fact that the band actually functions as a quartet (Noah Prebish, Peter Spears, Brother Michael, Sabine Holler), with Noah and Sabine sharing vocals throughout. Noah and Sabine actually worked in the now-defunct Brooklyn outfit Barrie.
Another reason why Charismatic Megafauna, works are that Psymon Spine starts mixing things up by introducing some obvious retro Brooklyn/NYC recalling both Talking Heads (‘Jump Rope’ and ‘Channels’) and Blondie (‘Milk’) throughout the album. And they are still able to easily jump over the hurdle of resembling their influences too much by stamping a solid dose of their own personality.
On the evidence of Charismatic Megafauna, Psymon Spine exhibit enough confidence and flair with their psych/electro-dance combination that you can expect them only to get better.