Psychic Shakes – “Wasting Time”



Psychic Shakes is the solo project of Southampton-based Max McLellan, who produces a hypnotic and funky sound featuring suave vocals, melodic guitar twangs, and “shimmering 7th chords” — all in a quest to create the perfect sound track for a “post-coital cigarette at three in the morning.” It’s mission success on new track “Wasting Time”, which resembles a more laid-back Wild Nothing in the subdued shimmering post-punk approach. The verses float along in the twilight of each guitar twang, shifting to the chorus with a chugging infectiousness at 01:19.

“I don’t wanna make you cry, I just want to make you smile,” McLellan sings here, effectively capturing the feelings of being “overwhelmed from the everyday responsibilities of life, not having enough time, and a general fear of growing older too quickly — all the while, maintaining a sense of optimism about the future for what it is.” It’s a melodically striking and lyrically relatable effort that makes me excited for future efforts from Psychic Shakes, who already impressed earlier this year with the Psychic EP.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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