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- Shone Like A Ton by Bardo Pond
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Psychedelic post-rock veterans Bardo Pond have some reissues out this week, one of which is this cassette from way back in 1992! These are not the lushly grandiose meanderings you'd expect from the band nowadays, more like a glimpse into their teenage practice space while they get down and dirty with some buzzy stoner jams, teasing trails of feedback and crunching distortion out of cheap and broken equipment.
It's a bit shonky in places. Communication is lost, vocals mumbled and babbled out of tune, a heads-down trudge of naive self-abandonment and red-eyed bong stupors. Despite its flaws it's surprisingly enjoyable. Even when everything sounds like it's going to fall apart you find yourself rooting for the plucky go-getters and when they do hit a decent groove and lock in there's that satisfaction that it's come together along with a tension that comes with not knowing how long they'll be able to keep it together.
In places it is pretty hard to listen to, with long passages of ham-fingered caveman wah guitar and drum tempos drifting all over the place and pretty much zero production values. Certainly better enjoyed as an artifact of the formative moments of a band that would become great than as a highlight of their oeuvre.
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