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Verma, Morgan Delt, Crosss, Earring Recommended Free Soundboard Image

When: Mon., June 9, 9 p.m. 2014

Verma has long been a steady hand in the Chicago psych scene, alongside the likes of the Plastic Crimewave Sound and Cave, and the five-piece stays the celestial course on the brand-new Sunrunner (Trouble in Mind). Its shrouding swells of pulsing feedback and processed guitar—run through effects that are run through effects—ride atop Krautrock rhythms, a combo that’s the stuff spells are made of. The generally unintelligible vocals of keyboardist Whitney Johnson—undoubtedly filtered through a prism of gadgets, shifting her tone from a throaty wail to something that sounds like sinister telepathic communication—sound like the chants of a sorceress, melting into the deeper pockets of the band’s psych-drone quicksand. The heavy, driving rhythms and relatively rock-oriented structures of the album’s first two tracks, “Regolith” and “Chrome,” make them standouts—Johnson feeds off the cranked-up pace, contorting her voice into prophetic exhortations rather than receding into the overall fog. —Kevin Warwick

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