Initially, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci seemed like a backwoods acid test gone awry. Early albums were filled with dense psychedelic pop songs (whose surreal feel was enhanced when the band members occasionally sang in their native Welsh) as well as bizarre illustrations and photos depicting the band as forest-bound wizards and gnomes. Over their last few releases, however, Gorky's have refined their music and image, leaving behind the gimmicks and costumes for a subtle sound that is as hypnotic as it is catchy. Most intriguing is the band's ability to create songs that are both expansive and intimate, that flow with an improvisational feel without ever losing control. On How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart
, Gorky's have made an album that feels as light as air, yet continues to grow with repeated listenings. While the usual pop influences (Beach Boys
) can be found within their music, it is the unexpected touches that give the songs heft. Taking their cues from Fairport Convention
's unconventional folk sound, Van Morrison
's mysticism, and strangely enough, church hymnals, Gorky's permeates their songs with a darkness and longing that makes the music compelling. How I Long To Feel That Summer in My Heart
is what should happen to psychedelic music once the light show gets boring. --Adam Silverman
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
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