Earring are a very fine guitar / drums duo from Chicago, presenting their debut full-length on Brooklyn’s Fire Talk label. Tracks like ‘Dark Heart’ almost recall Codeine in their slow speed and thick heft, but the pair are nimble on their feet elsewhere. Top end noisy-fuzzed guitar action here from a band to keep an eye on!
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What did I tell you earlier? The word ‘earring’ is getting used a lot these days and what should be the very next record I pick up? An album by Earring. You’ll be telling me Golden Earring are making a comeback next.
This is of course no '70s yacht pop, its drizzly droning fuzzy guitar pop made by people who sound far too stoned to bother, y’know like playing their instruments and a singer who is adding his vocals from the comfort of his own bed, his voice being muffled by his pillow. They play an exhausted form of droning psych rock that sounds something like Crystal Stilts jamming with Eternal Tapestry having all ingested mega-drowse cough medicine. Occasionally if they look hard enough they’ll find a super riff and the drummer tries his best to waken his band mates up with his clattering but as much as I’m enjoying this fuzzed out haze drone the issue with the vocalist is that he never actually properly opens his mouth, it sounds like it’s half open, in droop mode.
It’s fair to say the voice is used as another instrument here, it wanders along vaguely in the same direction of the music but never really adding anything distinctive and on their most delightful tunes such as ‘Silt Fence’ the band play plaintive and stretched out droney flannel rock whilst what appears to often be a cow follows along. You could get the same effect from turning over one of those fake cow mooing boxes along with the music, yet strangely I’m enjoying it.
I suspect you need to be very very stoned to fully enjoy this record.
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