Verma Mul.Apin on LP + Download
Mul.Apin is the fourth album from Chicago psychedelic warriors Verma. Since their formation in 2010, they have been a stalwart presence on the Chicago psych scene, carving out music that feels both modern and primordial, like ancient transmissions from an advanced alien civilization. Their ability to nimbly move from skyward-arching jams to howling, epic ragers to heady, experimental synthconcréte pieces and back again has proven to be their greatest asset.
The core group is present here; organist/violist Whitney Johnson (Matchess), guitarist Johnny Caluya, bassist Rob Goerke and drummer Zach Corn, this time aided and abetted by former member TJ Tambellini, who adds exploratory synthesized textures to the band's interplanetary sonic palette. Mul.Apin finds them floating in the dense fog of nebulous space - a territory familiar to them since their TiM debut, Coltan back in 2012, moving instrumentally between intense cosmic burners and mellow synth meditiations. Mul.Apin is the conventional title given to an ancient Babylonian text that maps out the basic structure of the Babylonian star map and the five suites of the album act as guideposts on the listener's journey.
The opening suite of Side A, "Nerebu / Overture" acts as an entry point to Mul.Apin's conceptual vision; a mellow unfolding of space. The ancient ones are awakening. "Elil.Sa.Ursag / Hero's.Theme" is a propulsive rocket ride, while "Irhandi / Sorcerer" is majestic and atmospheric drone, floating towards an uncertain cosmic destiny. The side closer "Kaskal / The.Journey" is just that; a motorik road tune for a galactic odyssey, time-traveled forth from Seventies Germany into present day. Side B is solely occupied by the epic "Gal.Damhara / Last.Battle" a sixteen minute journey to a black hole, pausing at the summit, before finally tipping inward to the next world. Mul.Apin is an album to occupy your innerspace - drones for the places between your molecules. Mul.Apin is a vinyl only release, pressed on basic black wax and includes a download code.