Kill West are a relatively new Argentinian stoner/psychedelic/garage rock band, who have stormed into the psych rock scene with their great new album Smoke Beach, which was released earlier this year. There isn't anything that new about the noisy feedback driven echo laden sound of Kill West's quitar squall, nor really about the low chunky psych rock basslines, but their new album still comes across as one of the best psych rock or neo-psych albums of the year. Something you wouldn't perhaps expect after hearing their first EP titled Kill West EP.
Smoke Beach however manages to be consistently great from basically start to finish. The keywords here are catchy reverb filled psych riffs along with some low end catchy basslines, that all tend to take on a reptitive krautrock feel more than often. What I say becomes pretty clear once you listen to tracks like Neon Cross, Golden Ice or Smoke Beach. The krautish noisy psych rock is accompanied by some rather mellow neo-psych or shoegaze vocals that I find to be quite fitting. And I am usually into instrumental bands for the most part, and don't usually like neo-psych or shoegaze style vocals that much. These Argentinian noisegazer psych heads manage to do everything great though. It should be quite an appeasing release all in all, and should manage to take the mind of Argentinians off the loss of the Falkland Islands without a doubt.
War is the the last thing that comes to mind though when listening to this mellow psych. In places it has a trouble free noisy surf rock attitude, no doubt courtesy of the Northern Argentinian warm beaches. Letting The Light In is one such example of a mellow surfrockish psych song, with a slight noisy shoegaze feel. This track also has some fine echoing and reverbing noisy psych rock jamming in a noisegazer key on it. There is something transcendental about this album, but in a really slow and mellow way. Slow trouble free noisy ascendance that comes best apparent in the catchy title track Smoke Beach. A great all round release that makes you eagerly wait for the next one.