Psychedelic-folk fans were recently treated to a treasure trove of haunting lo-fi beauty thanks to the release of Breathing and Not Breathing, a four-disc set commemorating the brief yet influential catalog of Amherst, MA’s own Supreme Dicks. The collection contains the complete recordings of the group, beginning with 1993’s seminal full-length debut, The Unexamined Life, which is streaming below in all its weird “what the folk?” glory.
It’s hard to tell if the music featured on the album and the rest of the box set could be considered the last known dusty remnants of the rambling ghost of old Americana, or instead so offbeat and downright mesmerizing that it’s a daring beginning rather than an end. Either way, give it a nice hard listen.
Breathing and Not Breathing is available now via Jagjaguwar. In addition to The Unexamined Life, the set also includes: Working Man’s Dick; an odds and ends collection of archival recordings, The Emotional Plague; a rustic follow up, and This Is Not a Dick; an EP which now features additional rare and unreleased songs. First-ever vinyl editions of the two studio albums are also available.