Medicine Drum

Medicine Drum



As stickered, this is the classic first album from Medicine Drum. I•ve got a merely passing knowledge of the band•s later work, so I•m in no shape to offer a retrospective, but regardless this stands on its own pretty well.

Medicine Drum produce some fairly hypnotic dubs, forward-moving compositions that seem to guide your imagination rather than feed it. Top of heap here is “Mandragora,” featuring some genuine tribal percussion amidst the pounding beat and space-travel oscillators. Other tracks, such as the sticker-touted “Alpha Return,” end up on the more sterile side, but one thing is certain: the line between hypnotic and monotonous must be willed into existence, and Medicine Drum seem to perform that conjuration rather well.


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