Pond Need a Xanax in Super Trippy 'Xanman' Video

Tame Impala's brother band ride 'Hobo Rocket' in August

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Tame Impala offshoot Pond specialize in a gnarly sort of freewheeling psych-rock that seems ill-fit for proper studios and other hi-def niceties. The song "Xanman," for instance, is a wild and wooly barell-ride down a memory lane occupied by Marc Bolan, Roky Erickson, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant — it's freaky and raw and catchy nonetheless. Without the title it'd be hard to guess Nick "Paisley Adams" Allbrook isn't singing "sandman" for the hook, but the meaning would be about the same either way assuming he's referring to Xanax, the anti-anxiety drug often used to temper the effects of LSD.

And speaking of hallucinations, the video above is similarly wigged-out and fittingly lo-fi (the highest YouTube resolution offered is 240p). Among the heavily distorted images we see: a praying demon, a painted face, a full-band freak-out, and a lot of unidentifiable shapes. The blistering track hails from Hobo Rocket, due out August 6 via Modular.

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