.@Planetmosh @AnybodyBC reviews “1983-1985” by Psyyke released via @svartrecords
Finland is full of surprises and great music – that is a fact. If you have not heard about Psyyke before, this band just might prove it once again. Finnish gothic post-punk band, Psyyke, have just released their compilation “1983-1985”.
“1983-1985” is a set of 16 various thirty year old tracks, 14 of them picked up from the band’s demo tapes. The other two tracks, “Temppeli” and “Neondertal” were released on 7 inch single in late 1983, perhaps some Psyyke fans may even still have them. Due to their overall quality, it’s no surprise that these two songs are the first to be heard in the compilation. Fast, fun and darkly punkish, they are remarkable tracks that hopefully inspire you to dig deeper into what this band has to offer.
The compilation varies from slower and darker post-punk, psychedelic tracks to more straigh forward punkish ones. All of them have that distinct raw sound you would expect from thirty year old demo tapes. While the quality may not be the best, that does not stop you enjoying it any less and dreaming back to the old times, when tapes were still an enormous treasure for any music lover. Some tracks of the compilation are very tempting to shout/sing along, even if you have no idea how to pronounce the Finnish lyrics or what they even mean! This goes especially for “Neondertal”, “Doriksen orgiat” and “Antaudun!”. Sweet guitar melodies in “Antaudun!” and “Temppeli” are very enjoyable and danceable as well. If there is something slower and darker then it is “Hiljaiset tunnit”, which may hypnotize and then wake you up at the very end. There are indeed many possibilities to choose from.
This compilation is likely going to be yet another rarity, as the records company states the set is available on vinyl only and is limited to 500 copies.
The “1983-1985” compilation may be intended for loyal fans of the band, but it is recommended for any gothic post-punk lovers, which might be a great dicovery, leading to further interest in this Finnish band.
“1983-1985” by Psyyke is available via Svart Records now.
Yki- guitar/ keys
4. Mustaa kahvia
5. Soi, pianoni
6. Hiljaiset tunnit
7. Päästä eläin esiin
8. Sininen moskeija
9. Aivokuolema 1
10. Doriksen orgiat
13. Aivokuolema 2
15. Täydenkuun juhla