A “maximal approach to minimalism”. There is not a more apt description of Loop’s music.
Frequently likened to Spacemen 3 for their aggressive approach to trance creation, Croydon’s Loop create pulsating, nearly impenetrable pieces that are often lunkheaded in their maximal approach to minimalism. [...] But more often, the shadowy quartet is just plain dogged in its pursuit of The Holy Riff; locating said icon, Loop clamps down hard, wielding minor chords like marrow forks, greedily digging out sustenance with all the insane energy of the Stooges, tempered by the fanatical symmetry of German experimenters like Can and Faust. — Trouser Press
Simply put, ‘Burning World’ is head music. Copious amounts of fuzz, tremolo and phaser await.
‘Burning World’ (1986)
The germ of that fusion is evident on Loop’s first two EPs. Setting the tone, the rudimentary drumming of Bex (the wife of group leader Robert, who like the rest of the band, goes to great pains to hide his surname — in this case, it’s Hampson) brings back fond memories of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks’ Bradley Field. (The contents of those two discs, plus an enveloping, drugged-out version of Suicide’s “Rocket USA,” were repackaged as The World in Your Eyes.)
‘Spinning’ is an uptempo number. No tremolo but I swear there’s an octave fuzz involved. The World In Your Eyes has been reissued a couple of times. Great playlist on YouTube for the most recent one (including a bunch of bonus tracks) here. The World In Your Eyes is great for putting me in that “not awake but not quite asleep” state on any lazy afternoon.
‘Spinning (Parts 1 & 2)’ (1987)
WHO’S TALKING TO WHO?
Jimmy Kimmel: Jamie Dornan, Robin Roberts, Pentatonix
Jimmy Fallon: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Camila Mendes, Olivia Rodrigo
Stephen Colbert: Tiffany Haddish, H.E.R.
Seth Meyers: Michelle Pfeiffer, the Impractical Jokers, Matt Cameron
James Corden: Dan Stevens, Michael Kiwanuka
A late night gathering for non serious palaver that does not speak of that night’s show. Posting a spoiler will get you brollywhacked. You don’t want that to happen to you. It's a fate worse than a fate worse than death.
Monster Magnet ‘Nod Scene’ (1991)
More head music. A throwback to the 70s hard rock variety though. Great lyrics about, well, rolling J’s on your gatefold LP sleeves, whippets, Playboy mags and what have you. The perfect soundtrack for reading that Dazed and Confused book from last week. “Alright, alright, alright”