Jesus is coming, and unlike some people, Bardo Pond is willing to wait.
That’s pretty much the gist of “Don’t Know About You,” the single off their recent self-titled release. For an s/t, it’s been a long time coming. Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond has been playing and recording muddy, scary acid rock for over 2 decades now. I saw them play a free show at Kung Fu Necktie a few years ago, and even without drugs they were a trip. This latest album is a heavy dose: a distillation of the genre that peaks somewhere during the outer-space blues of “Undone,” a 21 minute track that recalls the pioneering heavy psych of Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” which also makes for pretty great (sorta) church music.
Tangential Update: just saw this video via Gawker’s scifi blog io9. A housewife in 1956 is “treated” with LSD. Most unintentionally funny line: “Everything is in color.”