Black Market Karma: Sleep Deprived Music Review

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 Black Market Karma, a London-based psychedelic rock ensemble, presents their eleventh full-length album, Friends In Noise. The album is a collaborative effort that began in 2011. The friends in noise include Ruari Meehan, The Underground Youth, Tess Parks, a Joakim Åhlund Remix, a Stan Belton Remix, and The Confederate Dead.

One of the singles from the album, ‘Wonky,’ features Craig Dyer of the iconic psychedelic rock duo The Underground Youth. In addition to the “Wonky” single, I also enjoyed the songs “The Sky Was All Diseased” and “Ageing Boy.” Their sound resembles Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Charlatans.

“In the hazy days during which I started my project, many years ago now, before live shows and a global following, I found like-minded individuals and bands in a small online community. One of those individuals was Stan and his band Black Market Karma,” explains Craig Dyer

“Fast forward to a different time, years have passed and the both of us are still creating music under our long-since chosen monikers. In a perfect celebration of that, Stan approaches me with his idea to collaborate on a song. I dig into the vaults of myself to produce something reminiscent of the period in which our bands began and the music that inspired those beginnings. The result was ‘Wonky’, a perfect blend of 50% Black Market Karma and 50% The Underground Youth.”

So in a perfect world, I would play the album while traveling by train through Europe. I will definitely share it with the other passengers. As a result, we’ll be friends in noise for life due to the music on Friends in Noise.

‘Friends In Noise’ is out now, available on Apple Music, Spotify, and Bandcamp, and on 180-gram coloured vinyl, along with their latest ‘Aped Flair & Hijacked Ideas’ LP. In August, Black Market Karma will release the output from their recent collaboration with Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) of Spacemen 3, which can now be pre-ordered.

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