The third EP from NYC-based guitar slingers SQÜRL promises to contain their trademark level of stoner/doom fuzz distortion as well as (apparently) horror-country overtones on ATP's label. I guess you can try to imagine the sonic equivalent of a farmer being eaten by his horse, all pressed onto a 12" picture disc.
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Squrl find an odd little spot to dwell in the musical universe between the clear, prophetic doom metal of Warning and the sad, resigned slowcore of Idaho, or even Low -- the more recent stuff, in particular, when they started writing folk songs about pissing into cups. It works, somehow: they’re able to go from the beautifully melancholic, totally indie doom “First Time” -- which sounds like it could be in a version of 500 Days Of Summer that’s 500 times slower -- to “Black Swan”, which screams out with feedback and sounds like that rigid, badly digested kind of metal you only get in basements.
Both are great flips of the coin -- or two flips of two different coins -- and are worth retreading, unique for bringing together two genres that are madly, truly, deeply disconnected. The flipside of the EP doesn't quite recreate the same dead-faced juxtaposition, but it does retain the same eclectic streak, offering a song that nods to the Clash -- "Should I Go Or Should I Stay" -- while alluding to the melodies of Silver Jews and the folksy aesthetic of Primordial. It's still a foggy, feedback-ridden mess, and continues the EP's accidental theme. It’s taken the world a long time to realise that all you need is fuzz -- that we can be united in our ears splitting -- so I’m glad Squrl are here to open relations.
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