Rangda Are Back! Hear 'Majnun,' a First Taste of 'Formerly Extinct'

Supergroup starring Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny, and Chris Corsano still shooting skyward

Rangda / Jason Meagher
Rangda / Jason Meagher

Desert-bleached, spiritually minded, guitar-strangling superdupergroup Rangda — that's Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and spazz-jazz freaktopus Chris Corsano — have returned for another round of Eastern-infected, fuzz-blustering Cormac McCarthycore. After their knives-out psych-scuzz of their 2010 debut, the band has lassoed themselves into worlds more melodic (certain tracks have the loping gair of Up on the Sun Meat Puppets) and sensual (their freer sections are floatier and fluffier) on their second record Formerly Extinct, out September 18 via Drag City. The Nels-on-peyote, coyboy Meshuggah head-knock of "Majnun," is built on an infectious ostinato (it's two bars of 6 and one bar 10 for you nerds) that spirals heavenward into a sun-mugging cloud-shred breakdown. Get free!

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