8/10 Mike Staff review, 17 April 2014
Couple of tracks of woozy experimental rock from Minneapolis veterans Clipd Beaks on this new 7". On side A there's a number called 'North Hard Daze', a blurred, dreamlike bit of psychedelia with all the sounds strangely muddied. There's a simple drum groove and the bass guitar gets quite lively in places, but everything else is fucked with until it's just another textural smudge.
Unfocused vocal babblings smear and flicker and drift over a weird broken loop, joined in places by a squealing guitar drone. Despite the fact that it's a little chaotic it's pretty effortlessly likeable, warm and immediate, kind of like if Wet Hair focused on guitars rather than synths.
Over on the other side is 'South Sky Burial', a slower number that opens with reverb- and echo-drenched guitars streaking across the cosmos before the rhythm section settle into an earthy post-dub groove which burbles nicely alongside a soft layer of guitar and synth ambience. I like this 7", it's like a broken transmission from the future.
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