In “The Kirwan Song,” The Amazing cooks up a bewitching six-and-a-half-minute feast.
Song: "The Kirwan Song"
Artist: The Amazing
CD: The Amazing
When they're not backing Gustav Estjes in the Swedish psych-rock band Dungen, Reine Fiske and John Holmegard (along with singer Christopher Gunrup and Fredrik Swahn) make up The Amazing. And, true to its name, the group plays meandering, willowy psychedelic rock that's nothing short of jaw-dropping.
In the six-and-a-half-minute epic "The Kirwan Song," The Amazing pays tribute to Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan, cribbing the lead-guitar melody from Mac's 1972 track "Sunny Side of Heaven." But any relation to the bright old instrumental ends there. Instead, The Amazing cooks up a bewitching psychedelic feast, with rollicking, tricked-out drums, ghostly vocal "oooo"s and subtle organ washes. The guitar riffs slay, too, and even echo some of The Grateful Dead's deepest and most out-there live improvisations. "The Kirwan Song" fades out at the 4:20 mark, but just when you think it's wrapped, the track fades back in with a dazzling, freeform jam that'd make Kirwan proud.