Queendom

by Lighted

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"A strange poisonous gas has been leaking steadily into the basement, and it seems to have created a new toxic variety of mold that makes the hippies get violent. Hailing from Minneapolis MN, Lighted lay down aggressive synth squelch and circular diatonic guitar-scuzz over dead solid trap-kit booms and trance inducing zoner fuzz. Grimy biker-rock moves (ala Hawkwind sans fantasy gouda) combine with slamming rhythms, catchy pop hooks and epic kraut-drones to create these four killer tracks of contemporary white knuckle psychedelia. When the smoke clears, the fingerboard is splintered and the power strip is shooting sparks. Their first release "Kingdom" captured live improvisations from some of the earliest documented sessions as a trio, and the small run 2nd cassette offered two nice sides of low-fi impro grit, but this newest gripper contains 25 minutes of hi-fidelity themes honed by their recent handful of live performances. Well sharpened but loose-fitting song structures that drill into your frontal lobe until gradually turning themselves inside out and slow motion exploding into a swirling mass of colored lights and smoke. Heavily psychedelic and totally groovy. Serious jams pro-dubbed to magnetic tape, and made available just in time for their appearance at the 8th annual Heliotrope Festival. Imprinted black shell cassette comes packaged with deluxe double-sided three panel J-card featuring iconic hyper-contrast "golden orb" artwork on heavy cardstock, hand numbered in a clear Norelco case. Majestic and burnt." Edition of 100.

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released June 1, 2011

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"Lighten Up Sounds" is a small private imprint focused on the publication and distribution of contemporary art and sound.

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