Bosh Jyrd is the recording project for Josh Byrd. He recently released Psychic which he states “is an idea I've been messing with for quite some time. There are two sections: the first is more straightforward, than the second becomes much more abstract.” To be perfectly honest I barely noticed much of a difference. All of the songs are built upon a similar bed of distortion. The only song that felt a little more experimental or “abstract” was “The House.”
Psychic is a lo-fi demo quality recording. I think lo-fi can work somewhat with this style considering so much of it's centered around white noise and fuzz. That being said the vocals were really buried and good luck trying to make out any lyrics. The drums are also very undefined and often get eaten by the distortion.
He opens with “Psychic (No Clouds In The Sky)” which is more or less a fuzzy ball of white noise that gets thrown away. It sounded somewhere between garage, punk and shoegaze. It’s a long song at six-plus and the last couple of minutes are dedicated to a instrumental blast that was hard to follow what was going on.
The differences on “Muscovy (Jared From Tucson)” and “The Trees (Abandoned The Shelf)” take multiple listens to sink in. I thought the guitar work on “The Trees (Abandoned The Shelf)” was great. “Formless and Empty” had a little more definition. There is some actual separation between the instruments and it's best a reminder of Comets on Fire.
As I mentioned earlier “The House” felt a little more experimental. It moves like a lumbering snail through an enchanted forest. It felt closest to drone metal. He closes with “The World Turns Into A Picture Of Buildings” which is a ten-plus-minute rollercoaster ride of white noise.
I think Byrd is getting close with the production and aesthetics. A few tweaks and I think it will land. The 2010 album Everything In Between by No Age could be a good reference.
Overall, there are some solid ideas here and I appreciated his songs. On that note I’d also be interested to hear what other players could contribute to this project.
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