The New Mystikal Troubadours - Jungle Love Revisited

9 songs
32:52 minutes
***** ***


In the past I never seemed to have got around to review an album by The New Mystikal Troubadours. Having spent some time now with Jungle Love Revisited, their third or fourth album already, I have noticed my mistake. The band is led by Dave Gibson of Bad Liquor Pond and Matt Perzinski, the letter being a musical workaholic whom I was introduced to first as the brainchild behind The Agrarians. As is often the case with über-productive people, the results tend to be erratic, but now I have come to the conclusion that the restraining hands of his partner in crime in this project help to get the most out of both of them.

Jungle Love Revisited is not a very long album. The nine songs make it to thirty-three short minutes, but the final result is very satisfying. The band – and they are a band, as they are joined by further musicians on stage – combines lo-fi folk with psychedelic ingredients. What is especially pleasing on this new album is how much mellotron the Baltimore, Maryland based guys have managed to creep into their songs. This instrument is most of the time associated with grandiose progressive rock bands, and even The New Mystikal Troubadours somehow create a certain proto-progressive element that fits perfectly well with their late-Sixties / early-Seventies sound.

The vocals are melodic without giving up that askew feeling we have come to expect from the performers, and their songwriting is pleasantly focused. The short lengths of the different songs furthermore prevent the band from slipping into psychedelic freak-outs.

Keeping tradition with their DIY, lo-fi attitude, Jungle Love Revisited has been released under a Creative Commons license and can therefore be legally downloaded for free on the Internet. Considering how some polished rock stars work hard to recreate an “authentic” lo-fi sound just to sell it for a lot of money, I guess you are better off giving some of your time and attention to the New Mystikal Troubadours. This time they really show that they can pull of an exercise which is neither lacking in style and content.

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