Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
Record label: Drag City
Genre(s): Folk, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Folk
In his day job as US psychers’ Wand’s frontman, Cory Hanson deals in the kind of lurching sludge that delights and works best when played loud, live and causing a threat to eardrums. But on his debut solo album the magic happens when songs are given room to breathe, allowing the listener to burrow into them and get comfortable. Aping early Bolan, prime period Love and the string embellishments of Serge Gainsbourg (credit must go to arranger Heather Lockie here), The Unborn Capitalist In Limbo is beguiling in the extreme.
Wand, the Californian psychedelic band Cory Hanson fronts, alternate between the twin poles of pounding sludge and gentle pastoralism. His first solo album eschews the former: there’s no sign of Blue Cheer making their presence felt here. In fact, on the wonderful Flu Moon, he sounds like he’s trying to add an extra track to Love’s Forever Changes, with baroque strings and breathless drums combining in something halfway between Alone Again Or and A House Is Not a Motel.
Over the course of three albums released in a very short time, the L.A. quartet Wand made a name for themselves as excitingly unpredictable purveyors of psychedelic music of all stripes, be it jangling pop, thrashing metal, or trippily bonkers acid rock. When word came out that their leader, Cory Hanson, was readying a solo album, it was difficult to guess what path he might take.
Whether he's fronting the garage-rock trio Wand or working with psychedelic heavyweight Ty Segall, Cory Hanson has made numerous contributions to the psych-revival canon. The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo is his latest contribution, but the first under his own name.Hanson ambitiously returns with more vintage and delicate sound in comparison to his previous work, yet it's still familiar in style. The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo shows Hanson embracing more classic psychedelic folk influences, reminiscent of works from a different epoch, but features moments of soft-rock and pop harmonies that echo '60s-era popular music, too.