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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- EP # 3 by SQURL
8/10 Robin Staff review, 13 November 2014
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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