In the past year, No One Mind has built a reputation as one of Raleigh’s most hard working and inventive bands. Their self-titled debut album earned them critical acclaim and an appearance at Hopscotch Music Festival last year. Now, they’re back with a new single out on Third Uncle Records. Titled “PG Tips” in reference to the recent Pizzagate affair, the swirling synths capture the surreal yet undeniable feeling of a coming apocalypse that hangs over the current state of affairs.
Describing No One Mind’s music is difficult, because their constantly modulating melodies seem to come from another dimension, with no obvious reference even in the vast and nebulous realm of psychedelic music. This track is no different, with a pulsing fuzz bass backbeat that shifts modes at the drop of a pin. The synth and vocal melodies float above the rhythm section like a lysergic cloud twisting and contorting in the wind. In two short minutes, No One Mind blurs the boundaries between reality and delusion until one is indistinguishable from the other. Though the whole “Trump Administration = More Good Music” thing has already become cliché, it very much applies here, as it would be hard to imagine any other circumstances that could lead to the creation of a track like this.
Before the end of the month, check out No One Mind in Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Asheville:
4/20: Faults, Honey Radar, No One Mind @ Local 506; Chapel Hill, NC
4/28: The Tills, Pie Face Girls, No One Mind @ On Pop of the World Studios; Greensboro, NC
4/29: The Tills (Album Release), Pie Face Girls, No One Mind @ The Mothlight; Asheville, NC
Photo by Emily Ensminger.