Amp – Switched On And Live
Amp’s “Switched On And Live” shows their work as a force of nature. Possessing a raw energy the way the songs unfold give them great strength and power. Quite potent for ambient works the way they bridge the gap between ambient and psychedelic is deeply satisfying. Over the course of the album a wide variety of stylistic choices are made from soothing atmospheres to intense distortion-laden tribalistic workouts. The element that defines all of these pieces however is an unbridled sense of freedom that is deeply embedded within the sound’s DNA.
The aptly named “Opening” begins the album on a dazed note, as the guitar scream across the sky. Riffing is done in an astral sense as nothing remains grounded. Melodies flicker by as the song refuses to settle into any sort of discernible groove, with the percussion working on an emotional more than traditional rhythm-keeping function. Buzzing bright and beautiful is the hopeful work of “Souvenir”. Wordless vocals add to the heartfelt spirit of the song. A folk-like sensibility develops on the stripped down intimacy of “Blind Man’s Bluff”. By far the greatest shock to the system is the powerful noise-drenched work of “Fuckliar”. Tribalistic in temperament is the colossal work of “Open”. By far the highlight of the collection the song deserves to be blasted at the loudest possible volume. Gentle in spirit is the dazed spirit of “Whenever”. Bringing the album to a satisfying conclusion is the ambient interlude of “Watchn’ (edit)”.
Encompassing a wide swath of sounds and styles, Amp’s “Switched On And Live” documents a sound that feels intoxicating.