The Murlocs: Calm Ya Farm [Album Review]

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The Murlocs
Calm Ya Farm
ATO Records [2023]

Melbourne’s The Murlocs, the Australian rock band of Ambrose Kenny-Smith and associated with the King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, have returned with the more country fried Calm Ya Farm. Much like the Gizzard, The Murlocs have been cranking out music as Calm Ya Farm is their seventh full length since 2014 and third record since 2021. The Murlocs have developed their own blend of psychedelic rock, blues, and garage while always delivering a mesmerizing and captivating sonic experience. Calm Ya Farm is no different as it moves away from the piano driven Bittersweet Demons (2021) and the more straightforward rock on last years Rapscallion. This album once again offers another new side of the band and leaves a lasting impression with its free sounding and rollicking country rock.

From the moment you press play, Calm Ya Farm grabs hold of your attention with its infectious energy and raw, unfiltered sound. The album opens with the track “Initiative,” a catchy and vibrant foot tapping song that sets the tone for what’s to come. The Murlocs waste no time diving into their newer groove with handclaps, slide guitar and a saloon piano backdrop. One of the album’s standout tracks is “Russian Roulette.” It has some of the most core psychedelic grooves you will hear on this album and features a dynamic vocal performance by Kenny-Smith that adds an extra layer of intensity to the song.

Calm Ya Farm maintains a consistent vibe throughout, but it also displays a great deal of variety. I loved the trailing harmonica that ends “Superstitious Insights” while slower tracks like “Queen Pinky” and “Smithereens” demonstrate the band’s ability to explore different moods within their signature style. The way the band effortlessly blends various elements creates an addictive and infectious sound that is hard to resist.

The Murlocs’ Calm Ya Farm is a triumphant album that showcases the band’s growth and maturity while staying true to their unique style. It’s a psychedelic rock gem with country flares that effortlessly blends infectious grooves, some southern twang, memorable hooks, and thoughtful lyrics. With its captivating soundscapes and irresistible energy, this album is a must-listen for fans of the band and anyone looking for an invigorating and immersive rock experience.

“Initiative” / “Russian Roulette” / “Undone And Unashamed”

The Byrds / Arctic Monkeys / The Rolling Stones

Rapscallion (2022) / Bittersweet Demons (2021) / Old Locomotive (2017)

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