Raised in the warm heart of Africa, Bristolian Simon Price - famous for being the guitarist of psych titans, The Heads - is set to release his second full-length effort under his kandodo sobriquet (named after an 80s Malawian supermarket). He regards his instrumental sounds as "fuzzy lullabies", which hits the nail pretty much directly on the head. It's a kind of warped post-rock, slightly skewed by his psychedelic roots and injected with a touch of the surreal. It's ostentatiously dark and introspective. This new LP, k2o, has been three years in the making - across three different countries – and is not what you'd normally expect from an 'album'. Price is no stranger to the format - he's released roughly twenty - so he knows exactly how to subvert conventions of structure like a true master.

The album has only six tracks, but they range in length from one minute, to over 22. With the ample time allotments for some of the cuts, Price has a real change to explore and digress and deviate as the music commands - if he wants to take a few minutes to delve into a particular guitar riff, he is at liberty to. The album, when listened to as a whole product, incites a heady trance-like state. It's maternal and fuzzy, cradling your mind as if you were a newborn wrapped in swaddling; at the same time, it's utterly desolate and apocalyptic, marching onwards into blistering deserts ravaged by the decline of mankind. It's both eternal and instant. Comforting and unnerving. It takes a special talent to create an oxymoron of this calibre.

'grace and' features spoken word samples of a Graceland tour guide, and is apparently Price's ode to the King Of Rock'n'Roll. It's perhaps not what Elvis would've ever listened to, but he'd have surely appreciated the sentiment. It's engorged with slurring guitars, stretching out along a dusty path until oblivion catches up. They're wonderfully harmonic, despite being a tad jarring, and vaguely recalls the stoner paeans of Kyuss (vaguely, mind). It's a pensive elegy to a larger-than-life icon. The fleeting 'wave', with lonesome (but content) acoustic guitar and the gentle sample of lapping tide follows, melts away before you're aware of its existence.

'kandy rock mountain' is a gargantuan portion of post-psych. There's reference to the warbling effects of the 70s incarnation of the genre in the opening axe vortex; as that crumbles, plodding kick drum and shuffly hi-hats form a makeshift backbone for the unfolding events. There are flashes of howling feedback and shimmering synth work that slowly layer upon each other to create a wild, untameable texture, and that's something that Price demonstrates well regularly: his knack for texture. If he wants to create a certain atmosphere, he's adept at doing so by weaving (or dismantling) elements of the music, and indeed on 'kandy rock mountain', he does just that, with various strains of instrumentation interjecting or subbing out when instructed. Dynamics are another area he has complete control over, though often texture and dynamics go hand-in-hand, so it's little surprise that his command over volume is essentially perfect.

The massive finalé, 'swim into the sun', features his Heads bandmate, drummer Wayne Maskell. It readily storms towards the half-hour mark, and is in fact longer than most TV sitcom episodes. There's a lot of rock in the mix, partially due to Maskell's influence, presumably, and a strident prog vibe emanating from the potent brew of psych, rock, post-rock, synths and samples. It's a little Tool-y. The track itself is Price's magnum opus, a work of art two years in the making that he couldn't ever put the finishing touches to. It's a labour of love. Fortunately, it's also bloody brilliant: it's as immersive as reality, rife with textural and dynamic mastery and also very chilled-out, even though chugging guitars and a defiant motorik are prominent.

k2o is a wonderfully realised, fully conceived work from Price. The amount of micromanaging that must have gone into the mixing and mastering process was surely brutal, but it's paid off, and one of the standout features is Price's attention to detail. You could listen to the record a thousand times and get a different reading each time. You'll never experience it the same way twice.