MYSTIC SPY / PSYKHO DOJO LP

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MYSTIC SPY

A REALM OF ESOTERIC TRICKERY AND ESPIONAGE AND THE OTHER

BLACK MIST
GHOSTS OF TREASON
SAPTALOKA
IDRA & SCEPTER

PSYKHO DOJO

A PARALLEL UNIVERSE OF DEEP MARTIAL PSYCHIC DISCIPLINE

POLE STAR
THE SILVER RIVER
DIAKKAS

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MYSTIC SPY | PSYKHO DOJO

By means of a transcendent function we gain access to other worlds and avant-ritualists, itchy-O, delivers with their new musical work, Mystic Spy | Psykho Dojo. This new concept record is a magnificent vehicle that takes us to other dimensions and launches full throttle into two different deeply abstract worlds.

Following their first two releases (Burn the Navigator and From the Overflowing) on the legendary punk rock label Alternative Tentacles, itchy-O decided to release this highly ambitious album on their own new label they are calling Mettle Studios. With 26 musicians and well over 100 tracks on many of the songs, the self-described “savagely sophisticated” experimental orchestra has completely outdone themselves. Along with the seven tracks on the record there are seven 32 second short vignettes that all end in lock-grooves on either side of the vinyl. And as if this is not enough, they have also released, along side of the vinyl, a zine publication titled Idra & Scepter. Once you have figured out the puzzle inside this zine, you can log in to an interactive site that allows you to not only listen to the digital version of the lock-grooves but also layer, record, and download your own versions.

As the title implies, Mystic Spy | Psykho Dojo explores two themes:
the first (Side A) a realm of esoteric trickery and espionage, and the second (Side B) an alternate universe of deep martialed psychic discipline.

MYSTIC SPY (SIDE A)

BLACK MIST [03:46]

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    The record itself is a complete sonic journey that begins with a harp seemingly nestled in heavenly ether, but the song quickly rockets with the speed of sound into a dark abyss. Indian bhangra beats propel the song further and further into a fury where by the last leg of the song you feel like you have been swept up by an army on horseback. You never stood a chance, as there was never a moment to turn back. You are now in their world.

     

     

    GHOSTS OF TREASON [06:28]

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    “Black Mist” ends… and just as you catch your breath, “Ghosts of Treason” hits you from behind with a sonic boom. Shrapnel, glass, and the guts of a thousand unwanted stuffed thrift store animals rain down gently like nuclear fallout as the band lays ground for what is easy to imagine as some sort intergalactic game of cat-and-mouse until the bottom falls out into a sleepy terrain of extremely precarious and murky footing at which the only logical thing to do is stop and rest. Of course, there is no resting for long as another explosive blast carries you into a fractal maze of what seems like the point you started from. The song twists and turns, stops, sends some sort of urgent morse code message and then drops you off — lost, on some desolate and empty corner of the universe.

     

     

    SAPTALOKA [02:23]

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    “Saptalokah,” the third track, is a megalithic spy-rock anthem that easily conjures images of opposing mystic forces using every possible means to get to the philosopher’s stone before the other — all the while, tripping alarms and dancing as graceful as Brahma bulls to a seven-four time signature down the back fire escape of King Solomon’s temple with the holy grail slung over a shoulder in a pillowcase.

     

     

    IDRA & SCEPTER 02:07]

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    The last track on Side A is “Idra & Scepter.” It starts with the beckoning of polar energies, like rubbing two magic stones together under the direction of the great hierophant, Hermes Trismegistus. It explodes into the march of thousand foot soldiers and drives like out of control lightning with an ending that is barely contained by the feedback of a single screeching guitar.

PSYKHO DOJO (SIDE B)

 

POLE STAR [04:59]

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    This next side begins in quite literally in… d e e p   s p a c e .
    Itchy-O used NASA recordings from the 1977 space probe Voyager I throughout Psykho Dojo (Side B) which gives it an incredibly eerie “you are nothing” feel deep down in your guts. Taiko beats begin to fall on the first track, “Pole Star,” similar to linear dotted lines that come down like rain in parallels all round you – some big, some narrow, some close, some far. This track is incredibly trance-like with amazing audio perspectives, but don’t get too comfortable… Itchy-O tucks you in like grandma only to have you caught between what seems like the King Kong and T-Rex fight off the edge of the cliff.

     

     

    THE SILVER RIVER [09:25]

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    After “Pole Star,” Itchy-O then leads us to the “The Silver River” where they paint another not so distant otherworldly landscape. This one, too, is expansive and has an atmospheric surrounding feel. We hear the calls of what sound like alien birds mixed with the murmuring and howls of samurai ghosts as horns from distant mountains call to each other while you float gently on the current of some meditative melody played on a mystical flute. But, of course, this enchanted world does not stay serene for long. Chaos again ensues. This time from every angle and frequency, only to drop you off on the backs of Asian yaks storming across a Mongolian terrain where they eventually stop to meet a lost calvary of spirits from the American Civil war… yeah, there’s some crazy astrological East meets West in this song as Itchy-O stays true to their “all is fair game” archetypal pallet of inspiration.

     

     

    DIAKKAS [03:08]

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    Then “Diakkas” breaks through in what feels like a deeply tortured paradox of fury and exhaustion. Satellites chirp like hungry pigs in a galactic petri dish while warring factions of rhythms scream for a spotlight. There is no peace here — not in a universe that demands so much discipline to harness such an ecstasy. After the conclusion of this last of the songs proper, there are seven more lock-grooves oddly appropriate for each side. Each time I lift the needle out of the lock-groove and place it into the next it feels like the conjuring of some strange incantation either perfect for deep contemplation or an ambient track to clean the cat box to.

     

MYSTIC SPY / PSYKHO DOJO LP

$6.93$20.00

MYSTIC SPY

A REALM OF ESOTERIC TRICKERY AND ESPIONAGE AND THE OTHER

BLACK MIST
GHOSTS OF TREASON
SAPTALOKA
IDRA & SCEPTER

PSYKHO DOJO

A PARALLEL UNIVERSE OF DEEP MARTIAL PSYCHIC DISCIPLINE

POLE STAR
THE SILVER RIVER
DIAKKAS

the Vinyl LP includes a digital download code
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Weight 0.9 lbs
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Mystic Spy / Psykho Dojo Zine
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“The animation is what got me going. Then, the production had the nerve to fit it so well. ‘Black Mist’ is for a Hollywood blockbuster horror film.”

“It’s a completely bizarre assault to the senses… complete sonic chaos and something that absolutely must be listened to…”

“…the new album offers listeners a foray into deep sound design that conveys the sheer detail and atmospheric experience of the band in a different context. Mystic Spy | Psykho Dojo is much more than an addendum to an itchy-O concert, it is the realization of a concept for an esoteric spy film soundtrack coupled with sonic training rhythms for tribal psychics to manifest a more vital future.”

“Mystic Spy | Psykho Dojo is an enchanting treasure filled with wisdom through instrumentation and an initiation from a melody. It’s refreshing to see Itchy-O put the time and care in procuring a work of art that proves to be a mystery of the ages.”

“Built by an unquantifiable creative outlook and forged by an assorted arsenal of instruments, ‘Mystic Spy | Psykho Dojo’ is an untethered exploration of the ways that Taiko drums, synthesizers, Theremins, vocoders, and other digital devices.”

“Denver’s gargantuan mysterious troupe unveils its newest album Mystic Spy | Psykho Dojo with sounds that are literally out of this world.”

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