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Trevor Powers’ second outing for Fat Possum Records ‘Wondrous Bughouse’ is a queasy but fantastical listen. Wobbly psych-pop is the order of the day here, songs like ‘Attic Doctor’ and ‘Pelican Man’ have elements of ‘60s ‘Sergeant Pepper’-esque psychedelia and Syd Barrett freak pop, others have a more straightforward experimental pop feel with a nod to bands like Deerhunter and the more lighter side of Animal Collective, ‘Sleep Paralysis’ is like a twisted nightmare lullaby directed by Tim Burton and I’m starting to think Mr Powers had a pretty messed up childhood!
There are a few catchy pop hooks on here too, ‘Third Dystopia’ and ‘Raspberry Cane’ are probably the most tuneful of the bunch and are good summertime tunes, this is a pretty simple record with lots of interesting effects to make it stand out, the guitars are fazed and delayed and the piano detuned to give that scary nursery rhyme sound. This is a real improvement on his 2011 debut ‘The Year Of Hibernation’ and definitely worth a listen!
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