The first studio offering by Boston's Devil Music is a culmination of what the ever-evolving collective fronted by multi-instrumentalist Brendon Wood has been hinting at, and delivering in more uncontrolled environments all along. Creating a swirling, dense mix of flipped out post-rock, psychedelia, Krautrock, microtonalism, and a healthy sense of Butthole Surfers-style mischief, Devil Music turns the tables on conventional rock experimentalism. Utilizing everything from guitars, horns, lap steels, synths, banjos, and whatever else is at their disposal, this trio offers a dynamically challenging, texturally compelling, series of "songs" that pay homage to no one while referencing everyone that matters from Glenn Branca to Terry Riley (whose "In C" they covered with a quintet on a live album earlier this year) to Sonic Youth to Neu! Five selections on the album offer five distinctly different and alternating heavy beach blanket bong-out rockist themes with plenty of diversions thrown in to keep the music off the stoner or hippy rock slag heaps. This is potent, engaging, and utterly different from anything else out there. Devil Music's Mastul is an album that creates a new series of rock aesthetics.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek