TUNE Mandrake Handshake - Hypersonic Super-Astrid
Oxford-based psychedelic ensemble Mandrake Handshake serve up a heady mix of coruscating
stoner-pop on debut single Hypersonic Super-Asterid.
Thickly layered with sparkling melodies,
swirling synths and thundering guitars, the 8-and-a-half-minute epic - prompted by Stereolab’s
mesmeric set at Green Man Festival last summer - melds the hypnotic prettiness of their 90s
heroes with the hard-edged pulse of modern motorik (Squid, W.H. Lung). What they produce is
a hopeful music for the dawning decade. They call it Flowerkraut.
Of the single, the band make this announcement:
“Hypersonic Super-Asterid (HSSA) represents the culmination of many strands of thought over
the process of several months. It is designed to announce the coming of The Mandrake in her all
forms and the ascent into her realm as it soundtracks the listener coming to know what will be
expected of them for all future sonic explorations. No expense has been spared to bring the
listener to the zenith of high fidelity and have them fully understand what otherwise they might
only hint at knowing.”