When we think of psychedelic rock, we tend to think of artists from the 1960’s such as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. While the genre is not as popular as it once was, it has managed to resurface again thanks in large part to acts such as The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala. Scottish artist Main Primate is also working to revive the sounds of psychedelic rock and that is exactly what listeners will hear in his remixed single titled “Super 8 Day” (Paul Tipler Mix).
The track slowly begins to unfold in terms of sound and instrumentation. It begins with the sounds of Hugh Duggie’s vocals and a distorted guitar riff, but as we reach the chorus, the synthesizer makes an entrance, providing a blast of psychedelic magic. In the second verse, the drums make their debut, as they provide a soft, rhythmic beat at first, but quickly transitions into a louder, heavier beat. The composition really comes to life when the chorus is repeated for the second time around, as the guitar has a more hypnotic effect with its performance. With lyrics such as, “Sun splits a stone. We’re baked in ozone. Thousand rays had radiated. In this world that we’ve created”, a hallucinogenic narrative that draws comparisons to what The Beatles created in 1967 is born.
Main Primate may be a solo artist, but he has a band that is ready to perform live with him. Sadly, Main Primate has not had the opportunity to play live due to COVID-19. Main Primate released a full album on April 2, 2021 titled For The Lamplighters and it contains eleven songs.
Written by Brittany Jennings