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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 December 2012
On the sleeve a blurred photo of four people in the woods. One of them is ‘toking’ on what could possibly be a ‘joint’. On the inside sleeve the same four people are straddled around a porch. Three are on the roof of the porch, by the looks of the open window behind them they’ve just scrambled through it. There is no further information. Only the front cover gives any indication to the music contained within.
It opens, in Mike’s words, sounding like ‘War of the Worlds’ played at the wrong speed. The second track veers into early Pink Floyd territory with backwards drums, backwards guitars and gentle mid-‘70s hippy vocals. Mmoss are a New Hampshire group who sound like they would be favourites of the departed Ptolemaic Terrascope magazine, in which I used to find information on scores of ‘80s and ‘90s bands who sound like they’d emerged from a forest sometime in 1969. The third track ‘War Sux’ (ha!) is a motorik groove, like prime time Hawkwind having a smoke off with Neu whilst brandishing flutes.
Although blatantly in thrall to the great obscurists of the ‘60s what I like about this album is that it veers around several styles, from kraut experimenting to Kinks-like pop is not afraid to experiment and most of all has songwriting...ahem...chops. ‘Hands’ recalls Brian Jonestown Massacre at their best whilst at other times it recalls the type of noise you would find emanating from within a Hebden Bridge enclave, the sound fluttering its way through a tie-dye curtain. An extremely impressive smorgasmord of ‘60s sounds - a one-band Nuggets compilation.
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