Axis:Sova is a guy in Chicago, Brett Sova, a staffer for Drag City and formerly of Mass Shivers and Chandeliers. His new album is released on Ty Segall’s imprint and sounds like Segall at his most out-there wacko. Sova's project is just him plus a cosmic cloud of fuzzy and noisy guitars, driven by the primitive beats of an early 80s drum machine, the Roland TR-66 Rhythm Arranger.
A super-lo-fi, intentionally muddy recording (it sounds like you're listening to a much recorded over C60 cassette), the songs have a minimal structure allowing him to overlay all sorts of exploratory weirdness: from the super spacey guitar trips of ‘We Turn Pale’, to screaming guitar pain (a second cousin of ‘Purple Haze’) on the majestic ‘Ask Me About My Smell’, and the indefinable ‘Early Surf’, that leads off with a uber-repetitive metal riff until he gets his psychedelic funk on. There’s a massive, constantly combusting 7-minute ‘Fractal Ancestry’ and the recycling rhythm of the 2-minute meditation aid, ‘Secret Hand’.
It’s a total brain-scorching weirdzone, influenced by the Stooges (James Williamson in particular), Fugazi, the Misfits and the entire SST catalogue. It’s primitive, yes, but a feast of bedroom freakery for heads everywhere.