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- Sic Alps by Sic Alps
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Never been completely enamoured of these Drag City mainstays, they're a difficult band to truly love. For the uninitiated they construct rattly, occasionally scrappy and slightly disjointed 60's-inspired pieces that straddle both the "worthy pastiche" and "progressive outsider oddness" camps. Shot through with a brittle, hazy Americana sound, their latest eponymous outing may appeal to fans of mid-period 'Wowee Zowee'-era Pavement, Syd Barrett or the more slacker-orientated end of the garage rock mainframe.
Their sound has gradually become more focused, accomplished and melodic over a series of often impenetrable sprawling albums and esoteric little 7"s, but they're still seemingly working their way towards something approaching greatness through some half-assed bong haze. They're not that dissimilar at times, in attitude and spirit, with their shambling laconic style, to early-mid period BJM but they have an eccentricity and off-kilter charm all of their own.
If you like bands that sound like they've barely just managed to dress themselves before hitting the studio and aren't afraid to chuck in a bona-fide lost 60's classic like 'Moviehead' near the end to hook your ears and force you to replay the entire fucking record in search of something you may have missed. Given time they may reveal themselves to be something quite extraordinary and this album has a great deal of excellent moments but leaves me a little frustrated, just like 'Napa Asylum', like I'm missing something and I just don't know what....nearly four stars, call it a seven...
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