When poems about the space-time continuum are recited by a vocoder voice and accompanied by all sorts of strange sounds and rhythms, there is a lot of psychedelic involved. On their debut album "They Worshipped Cats" Les Big Byrd present a funky mixture of melodic, naive sounding synthie loops, fast, simple rhythms and alienated vocals. Les Big Byrd were born from the remains of various Swedish bands such as Fireside and Caesar and emulate the Flaming Lips and their compatriots The Movements. The nine tracks may offer some weird sounds, but they always remain simple songs that get stuck immediately and retain their pop appeal. Finger snapping and rocking included. The songs are sung in both English and Swedish. Anton Newcombe (from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, in whose Berlin recording studio this album was recorded) was allowed to play two songs on the microphone. Here Les Big Byrd have created their own little dreamy and detailed psych-world. It's worth a visit.
Top track: Just One Time