Genre: Neo-Psychedelia. Grumbling Fur’s album begins with voices from a cinema set that are about to shoot: A sort of genesis for its own world, a mise en scene that opens a door for. Or consider a donation?
Grumbling Fur. Glynnaestra, 2013. Grumbling Fur. Ascatudaea, 01:45. The Ballad of Roy Batty, 03:38. Alapana Blaze, 03:05.
Grumbling Fur surfaced with debut album Furrier (Aurora Borealis) in 2011. The record was an assemblage from a one-day recording session involving Jussi Lehtisalo of Circle and Pharaoh Overlord and Dave Smith of Guapo, resulting in a suite of psychedelic mantras. The first outing as a duo, Alice, is a session recorded live in the studio for Southern Records' Latitudes series in 2012, and was inspired by a psychoactive houseplant and the rabbit hole therein . In their first fully realised album as a duo, the process and texture ripple with a kind of electro-gnosis. Glynnaestra herself (an archaic goddess divined by Tucker and O'Sullivan) presides over the record, transcendent and sphinx like: an apt muse for an album of such lovely and powerful music.
Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs.
from Glynnaestra by Grumbling Fu. 12" Vinyl LP. Record/Vinyl + Digital Album. LP version includes artworked inner sleeve. Includes unlimited streaming of Glynnaestra via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. ships out within 2 days. Purchasable with gift card. CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.
What can one say about Grumbling Fur? Daniel O’Sullivan and Alexander Tucker are one of the most idiosyncratic pairings to have graced the world of experimental music in many a year, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. Both have explored more musical forms in their careers to date than are conceivable in the minds of most, with experience in fields as diverse as pastoral psych folk and the ultimate in drone doom, yet ‘Glynnaestra’, remarkably, ends up sounding little like a follow-up to their previous works. If Glynnaestra, the character, is a fake goddess, then ‘Glynnaestra’, the album, is a fake pop record, and one that is all the more delightful and listenable as a result.