Published Nov 09, 2016Whether he's fronting the garage-rock trio Wand or working with psychedelic heavyweight Ty Segall, Cory Hanson has made numerous contributions to the psych-revival canon. The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo is his latest contribution, but the first under his own name.
Hanson ambitiously returns with more vintage and delicate sound in comparison to his previous work, yet it's still familiar in style. The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo shows Hanson embracing more classic psychedelic folk influences, reminiscent of works from a different epoch, but features moments of soft-rock and pop harmonies that echo '60s-era popular music, too. Hanson pairs skeletal vocals and acoustic guitars with cosmic string orchestra arrangements that make for a vibrantly colourful and mystic sound, despite what the record's redscale cover may suggest.
Hanson croons in a honeyed tone, with an accent that imagines some sort of psychedelic language. What he speaks often paints him as an observer, one that describes the world he is looking at as something alien, or at the very least foreign to its citizens. The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo is simultaneously unsettling and comforting in nature, as Hanson achieves what he ostensibly set out to do here: set a mood stuck somewhere between Heaven and Earth. (Drag City)