Sudakistan have released the best neo-psych album of the year
Since 2012 Sudakistan have been creating a hybrid of psychedelic garage rock, percussive Latin flavours and a load of fun, which has finally culminated in their debut album Caballo Negro, translated as Black Horse. There is a comparison to be made between Caballo Negro and a black thoroughbred. They’re both sleek, have no fat on them and fly like the wind. Another translation could be dark horse. This fits better with the music, and album cover. From out of nowhere this lumbering beast of an album has appeared and against all odds, it looks set to be one of the must have albums of the year.
Single Dale Gas first emerged in 2013 on PNKSLM records, marking the inaugural release for the Swedish label. High octane riffs, coupled with driving bass and an infectious chorus made anyone who heard it take note and Sudakistan immediately become their favourite new band. Rabia followed in January this year, which was met with almost universal acclaim. Sudakistan’s trademark fuzzy riffs and irresistible rhythm make this one of the stand out tracks of the year. The versions of the singles on the album have been re-recorded, which is always a worry as they might lose that initial spark that made them so captivating in the first place, but luckily they sound just as fresh and exciting as they originally did.
Title track Caballo Negro kicks the album of in fine form. Hypnotic vocals, intricate bongos, fuzzed out power chords and a whooping backing vocals bring everything together until it seamlessly mixes with Mundo Mamon. Slightly harder hitting than Caballo Negro, but also incorporating the whooping backing vocals, Mundo Mamon blasts along with a wild abandon until its logical conclusion. Wife Meadow and You and Your Way are slow burners, which show that Sudakistan can be equally effective when taking the foot off the gas, but when the chorus come about Sudakistan put their foot down a bit, but never without the benefit of the song. These breaks in pacing does the album some good too, as it gives the listener a chance to get their breath back, before the next balls to the wall sonic assault.
As the album begins to drawn to a close, you realise that Sudakistan have managed to create something that keeps up the intensity for its entire duration, but still sounds fresh, rousing and exhilarating. Lyrically there is nothing prolixious about Caballo Negro. Words are used sparingly, and through using a mixture of Spanish and English, sometimes both used in the same song, you never quite know what’s going on, but you get the emotional meaning.
Caballo Negro is the logical conclusion of everything Los Yetis started in the 1960’s. Latin rhythms incorporated with the elements of garage-rock, psychedelia, heavy rock and a dollop of disco funk, Sudakistan have created a sound that is totally their own, but it never excludes the listener from their party. If you can imagine Black Sabbath power chords, GOAT weirdness, DFA1979’s ability to be abrasive but danceable, with Rogério Duprat in the producer’s chair giving everything a pop sheen, then you’re close to understanding this engaging, enticing and bewitching album. With any luck Sudakistan will embark on a proper tour next year and bring this mad party of an album to a venue near you!