REVIEW: Your Reflection’s IDM-Tribal Release, “Electric Indian” [Symbol Heavy Recordings]

Your Reflection’s new album Electric Indian exists somewhere at the confluence of IDM, Krautrock, tribal music, stoner/psychedelic rock, trance and lo-fi. If you like any or all of those you can probably find something on the KC crew’s newest release to hang your hat on. Most of the songs are short (under 3 minutes) and feature non-linear arrangements. As a whole, the album flaunts a Native American motif that is ostensibly under the influence of an obscure instrumental pop group from the late 60s named, oddly enough, The Electric Indian. The latter were famous for aping Native American culture in popular instrumental tracks like “Keem-O-Sabe” and “Rain Dance.”

Your Reflection take the small Electric Indian oeuvre (one surprise hit single and a follow up full length LP of kitschy tracks like a cover of “Heard it Through the Grapevine”) and add their own interests to the mix which includes psychedelic music of the same era and modern IDM. Tracks fade out without much warning and new ones bleed in without fully differentiating themselves. It’s a risky approach, but it works here because this is a collection of music that wouldn’t benefit much from being broken into singles. Two minutes of sampled horns, drum loops and fuzzed out guitar may not add up too much on its own, but in the context of the album there is a clear and coherent vision.

In line with the earlier Electric Indian, virtually all of the song titles wryly reference Anglo concepts of Indian/Native American culture (“Peace Pipe,” “Cosmopolitan Redskin,” “Raindance” et al.) that might be at home in 60s era westerns. Overall what you get here is a hodgepodge pastiche of IDM that conflates drum loops, quirky-synth and some Hendrix style guitar riffs. Mixed in throughout are strange vintage Moog sounds, some groove-heavy bass and several homages to tribal music. Individually, the songs work well as background music for doing light-psychotropic drugs, getting-down with your retro-bad self or just smoking some old-fashioned green. As a whole, the album is short enough and cohesive enough to get you through the rough and confusing first stages of your next acid trip before you peak.

Sean Malone
Sean Malone
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