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Swedish drone-rockers Skull Defekts mix repetition with uncertainty, a heavy groove of bass and drums set against the clanging, convulsive sounds of distorted guitars.

Over it comes the slow chant of vocals, provided, as on the band’s excellent previous album Peer Amid, by US underground rock stalwart Daniel Higgs, whose slowly intoned lyrics speak of strange acid-rock hallucinations (“The Fable”) and the uncanny experience of speaking in tongues yet having no one understand you (“King of Misinformation”). With a crash of heavy riffs, the doors of imperception are opened.

Skull Defekts

Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown

(Thrill Jockey)

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