Guest Of The Moon is the third and last preview of Possum’s upcoming record Lunar Gardens. A wide swinging mini-suite of styles, the track encompasses Rhodes-led jazz, wah-wah guitar waltz and Can-styled stacatto verses praising the gifts presented by a higher power. As the tune draws to a close the band enters full flight, all rolling toms and fuzz guitar cacophony in trademark Possum style.
Telepathy. ESP. Thought transference. Ley line riding. Welcome to Possum’s Lunar Gardens: a psychic exploration of the collective cortex, the capture of cosmic energy and the alignment of astral flux.
Possum’s second LP Lunar Gardens will be released via Ideé Fixe Records on July 2nd. Today we reveal their latest single ‘Clarified Budder’.
Entirely self-produced and recorded in communal sessions outside city limits, the quintet of Brandon Bak, Tobin Hopwood, Patrick Lefler, Christopher Shannon, and Bradley Thibodeau intently explored new directions at the intersection of influence and intuition. Lunar Gardens’ only passing resemblance to the group’s 2019 debut Space Grade Assembly comes in the jagged guitar and driving rhythm of opening track Clarified Budder. As the LP veers into heretofore uncharted realms; jazz, komishe, funk, and psych all project forth in waves of cerebral creation.
Possum elaborate on the contrast between their first album, Space Grade Assembly and Lunar Gardens: “While Space Grade Assembly dealt more with space in a cold literal sense, Lunar Gardens’ approach is more ‘space as metaphor for consciousness in all of its infinite expanding fractal forms’, a surrealist escapist space fantasy of impossible spaces — the type of place you might go when the things are too heavy here in 3D. If we were talking movies, one might say Space Grade Assembly is 2001: A Space Odyssey and Lunar Gardens is The Holy Mountain.”
As the album folds forward with equal doses of precision and improvisation, the breadth of Lunar Gardens becomes even more apparent. Ranging from the psych jazz of Guest Of The Moon to the musical mission statement that is Leyline Riders, with its Mwandishi era Hancock groove, Possum achieve that magical feat of drawing on the past while sounding completely contemporary.