"Iota" CD reissue
Genres: heavy psych, psych rock, psychedelic sixties
PO Box 150 117
Jul 28 - Aug 3 2003
comes another fine psychedelic reissue from German label Shadoks
Music. Iota was an El Paso band formed in the late sixties;
their style was hard psych, and commercial radio stations wouldn't
play their singles because they were deemed too dark. In fact, their
entire public output consists of two 45s; the rest of the ten tracks
on this Shadoks collection are previously unreleased.
As per the usual, psych fans will not want to pass on this record.
A true artifact of the legendary Texas acid rock scene, Iota is
filled with ten crisply-recorded, infectious songs. The music isn't
particularly different from that of other bands of the time (Iron
Butterfly and the 13th Floor Elevators come to mind),
heavier than The Pretty Things but not as strong as the likes
of Blue Cheer. Their gimmick is that their music had organ in
it, a rarity at the time.
The main attraction on Iota is the band's best single,
"Precincts" (originally titled "Within These
Precincts"). It is a real psych nugget, a dark and gloomy track
featuring partially spoken vocals, a great guitarline and epic strings
in the background. Other highlights include smoky acid rock in the
form of "Glympses," the overtly melodic "Sing For
You", and an out-of-place British Invasion-style number called
"Our Love So Warm."
All in all, Iota isn't an essential psychedelic reissue, but
a dang nice one to have. If you dig melodic heavy psych, this El Paso
artifact will make a great listen.
10 tracks, distributed by Forced
Exposure, released 2003]