Psychomagia

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Psychomagia
Psychomagia.jpg
Studio album by Abraxas
Released February 2014
Recorded December 2 & 3, 2013 at Orange Sound, NJ
Genre Avant-garde, jazz, Rock music
Length 44:06
Label Tzadik
8313
Producer John Zorn
Abraxas chronology
Abraxas: Book of Angels Volume 19
(2012)Abraxas: Book of Angels Volume 192012
Psychomagia
(2014)
John Zorn chronology
The Hermetic Organ Vol. 2
(2014) The Hermetic Organ Vol. 22014
Psychomagia
(2014) Psychomagia2014
The Alchemist
(2014) The Alchemist2014

Psychomagia is the second album by Abraxas, led by Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, performing compositions written by John Zorn, which was recorded in December 2013 and released on the Tzadik label.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Free Jazz Collective 4/5 stars[2]

Martin Schray stated "these tracks are true Zorn compositions interwoven with Near Eastern melodies, western soundscapes and jazzy wackiness and Abraxas play these pieces with the abrasive, breathtaking energy of a monstrous jam session. The musicians never consider technical skills as ends in themselves, they always serve the compositions. Psychomagia is a High Mass for guitar freaks, fans of the music of Frank Zappa and for those who like the harsher sides of Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot".[2] New York Music Daily stated "On one hand, this album is so tuneful that fans of traditional surf music are going to love it; at the same time, it’s so deliciously evil in places that the most cynical Yo La Tengo diehards might be caught drooling".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Zorn

  1. "Metapsychomagia" - 7:31
  2. "Sacred Emblems" - 3:02
  3. "Circe" - 6:03
  4. "Squaring the Circle" - 5:51
  5. "Celestial Mechanism" - 2:32
  6. "Evocation of the Triumphant Beast" - 6:25
  7. "Four Rivers" - 3:54
  8. "The Nameless God" - 4:35
  9. "Anima Mundi" - 4:14

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tzadik Catalogue: Abraxas: Psychomagia accessed May 22, 2014
  2. ^ a b Schray, M. The Free Jazz Collective Review, March 21, 2014
  3. ^ delaruse, John Zorn’s Abraxas Plunges into the Killer Surf, New York Music Daily, March 29, 2014