Pop: New Releases: Major Stars: Syntoptikon
STEWART LEE

MAJOR STARS
Syntoptikon
Important IMPREC089

Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar sell rare psychedelia at Twisted Village records in Cambridge, MA. For two decades, they have absorbed arcane knowledge through their fingertips, an occupational hazard of working in acid-rock retail, and staged spectacular guitar duels under various aliases: Crystalized Movements, Magic Hour and Vermonster. This album is a succession of sustained meltdowns, of which Collapsing and Fake Date sound surprisingly tender. Sandra Barrett adopts a histrionic rock vocal style to battle flailing Doctor Octopus drumming and a trio of competing lead guitarists. Magic Hour’s debut was called No Excess Is Absurd, a dictum that still holds true. Three stars

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