Pearl Mystic

Hookworms - Pearl Mystic
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2013 Ratings: #59 / 1035
User Score
Based on 105 ratings
2013 Ratings: #152
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March 4, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Gringo / Label
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Drowned in Sound

Pearl Mystic has a revolution quality about it. Rather than re-inventing wheels it begs the listener to loosen the axles and throw them away.


Pearl Mystic really is a staggering debut. Hookworms are a band quite unlike anything the UK has produced for years.


The Leeds five-piece combine psychedelia, krautrock and gonzo rock 'n roll to unashamedly epic effect on this surprisingly immediate debut album

The 405

It can be easy for bands of this ilk to get bogged down by choosing to opt for style over substance, but Pearl Mystic is a rich record that reveals more of itself with every listen.


This record is not the sunburnt wooze of Tame Impala: it’s angrier, colder.

Tiny Mix Tapes

The consequent fusion of styles and a dominant interest in drone, space rock, prog, US hardcore, and psychedelia all curdle together at the blistering core of this album, which basks in a technical style that douses every shameless dose of genre #namedrop in a meticulous sheen.

An old school feedback fest of a psych rock debut album.
Hookworms come up with an overall interesting sound in their debut. The band wields their influences upon their sleeves, though, and it isn't difficult to associate the music presented here with names such as Deerhunter, for example. Hookworms seem to excel at sheer-power garage rock, though (as seen on the excellent Form and Function), even though it is a direction they don't explore much on Pearl Mystic. Instead, the psychedelic-rockers usually indulge with drones and sound textures, but ... read more
Psychedelic music has spent the past few years making a vibrant comeback, via breakouts like Tame Impala, and delightful merges with punk (Ty Segall) and folk (Kurt Vile). Hookworms' Pearl Mystic is a smaller scale release than those, but it gathers and releases a power just as potent. In its 44 minutes, it bangs, pounds, twists, swirls, and fills the ears of the listeners with psychedelic magic with splashes of drone and noise to balance the act. Pearl Mystic is a fulfilling psych ... read more
psychedelic indie pop, the songs on here are great but the score is brought down as there is a bit too much instrumental/feedback/noise for my liking, a band of huge potential though
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Track List

  1. Away / Towards
  2. Form And Function
  3. i
  4. In Our Time 
  5. Since We Had Changed
  6. Preservation 
  7. ii 
  8. What We Talk About 
  9. iii
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Added on: March 4, 2013