Nice selling point in that this is the first black vinyl re-press of Thee Oh Sees seventh album in many years. Bugger all that coloured vinyl nonsense eh? We want the original and best vinyl colour. Produced by pop person Kelley Stolz it was the first record released on their own imprint Castle Face and is as usual jammed full of their psych rock and garage experiments.
Vinyl LP £20.99 CF01
Repress LP on Castle Face.
Punkapunkapunka. Thee Oh Sees, former AOTW champs and a group of lo-fi garage scamps close to Bizzy Lady's considerable busom have what is suspected to be their first album self re-released on Castle Face. I'm reviewing side two first in a fit of non regularity that may upset the apple cart but hey-ho. The second track is especially of note because after a couple mins of hazy shimmering & wasted vocals, the thing explodes in a load of weird sheet metal screeing which wouldn't be out of place on a musique concrete disquette. The tunes seem less in yr face & damaged than recent endeavours and call to mind the skewed 60s pop stylings of the Elephant 6 folk or some of Woods' strange druggy shambling. This "raspberry ripple effect" vinyl "plate" features some really weird atmospherics & eerie noise beneath the gorgeously fuzzy off-kilter psych-pop & queer out-folk. It's a gentler listen all in all but should appeal massively to any genuine connoisseur of cosmic Americana. Weird reviewing side two first, side one opens with a trashy sounding mid pacer but soon develops into more cerebral, evocative pixie rock. It's like they started listening early on to embryonic Bolan & Donovan and stuff. Really nice, quietly out there and the crinkly recording provides the template for their more recent amped-up efforts. True talents abound on 'Sucks Blood'
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