Swedish Death Candy are the sort of band that, it seems, came together out of necessity as opposed to the usual “we are best mates from school” spiel. With the quartet representing multiple continents, you get the impression upon hearing that they’re a type of supergroup where each member had to go through a series of challenges and trials to demonstrate maximum skill and untouchable musical chops.

Live, the band are a real tour de force and already command a deep respect and appreciation from their fuzzy contemporaries, as well as those in the know from the psych world. Capturing their ferocity and skill on this, their self-titled LP, potentially presents a risk if it doesn’t capture the magic. This worry disappears in all of about seven seconds, as the solid gold riff of opener ‘Last Dream’ smacks you around the head.

Unlike a lot of current bands on the fuzzier side of things, Swedish Death Candy aren’t afraid to wield their enviably high levels of musicianship. In a way, it harkens back to a sort of Led Zep approach where each member is equally important and impressive. There is, however, no showboating to be found across the album’s eight tracks, and despite the acres of ground that it covers stylistically, it’s an incredibly economical, focused and effective LP. Definitely not the sort that “takes eight of nine listens to really get into”. Connoisseurs of everything from Sabbath to Can, all the way to Ty Segall, King Giz and Oh Sees will have more than enough to enjoy here.

Swedish Death Candy clearly have a studied and extensive knowledge of psych - as well as everything from stoner doom to pop - but they avoid the most dangerous pitfall of the genre which is to veer too heavily into aimless chin-stroker territory. Take the bona fide banger that is ‘Broken Engrams’, for example, which pulls no punches by launching at 100mph, before revelling in a glorious sludgy stomp, then back again in just over four minutes. ‘Love You Already’ similarly knows exactly how to push your buttons: cascading vocal harmonies, glossed in liberal amounts of reverb, float above the track’s propulsive groove. Vocalist Louis D R Perry is an assertive lead but uses his voice more like another instrument in his arsenal rather than something with which to command the attention of centre stage.

The LP doesn’t for a moment rest on its laurels - it’s occasionally punctuated by screeching mechanical bleeps which trail off into endless feedback loops, and it’s similarly unafraid to strip things back to the band’s excellent rhythm section of bassist Jiwoon Whang and drummer Marco Ninni. This is used to particularly good effect during the sections of breathing space in ‘Avalanche’, which serve to further emphasise the blissful guitars that sparkle across the mix like an enlightened and charismatic cult leader.

‘Living Your Life Away’ is three minutes of sheer euphoria and, should you need one track to convince you of Swedish Death Candy’s power and eclectic approach, this is definitely your gateway in. It’s a real trip that stays with you long after the record’s stopped turning.

Swedish Death Candy feels, in the end, something more like a greatest hits rather than a debut and the psych explorers leave absolutely no stone left unturned. Stoner, doom, psych wizardry and bursts of garage fuzz all mingle seamlessly to create something that feels, on the one hand, very current but also with a sense of the familiar that sits it neatly amongst the classics.