Review: That an album spends a relatively long time in gestation is not necessarily a bad thing, nor a mark of its quality. Fontan, the Swedish duo formed of Johan Melin and Jesper Jarold, released their second album 'Winterhwila' back in 2009. Their self-titled third full-length shows that its long period of development and perfection has benefitted it, and the band, greatly. Fontan is a record of widescreen psychedelic hypnotics, with lilts of space-age kraut-rock, ambient, hip-hop beats and cosmic disco with an impeccable kaleidoscopic backdrop of production. Overall, it's a pretty flawless album and undoubtedly one of the finest released this year.
Review: As we increasingly inhabit a world in which the term 'psych' becomes as de-clawed and meaningless as 'punk', and in which blandness and stylistic codification take over from inspiration and iconoclasm, it can be a blessed relief to be confronted by a record like this debut from the Gothenburg-dwelling duo, whose drone-based, righteously repetitive and joyfully anarchic racket gleans sonic salvation effectively by summoning the eldritch spirits of Spacemen 3, Suicide, Wolf Eyes and Brainbombs for an intimidating trip into the nether that's as much bliss and blitzkrieg. Rejoice, heads and headcases alike - there are still records intent on making psychedelia dangerous.