On ‘Weight of the Matter’, Eros and The Eschaton infuse shoegaze, psych and tropicalia into their broiling, punchy bowl of pop. Then they let it simmer. The crazy horses. It can’t have been easy for them to avoid making a mess; let’s hope all those flavours don’t overload it. Vinyl LP and CD on Bar-None. Hic.
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- Weight Of Matter by Eros and The Eschaton
Have you ever wanted to strike Jonathan Donahue? I have to admit that a bearded middle aged man singing like an extra from 'Annie' and twinkling like a Disney soundtrack stopped me fully enjoying the last Mercury Rev album. However Eros and the Eschaton despite having to txt spk their titles have a much more powerful take on the 'Rev's magical dream pop. They achieve this by adding swathes of churning MBV guitars on 'The Way I Feel 2Nite' - there's also some of the classic melodies of early Grandaddy here and that thing where the music is loud but the vocals are quiet.
Shame they go ballad-y after track two as I was looking forward to a pop feast. We soon head into a three song suite of quieter reflections that hint at Mazzy Star before 'RXX' bursts the pop balloon with a scree of guitars 'neath Kate Perdoni's energetic off kilter vocals bringing to mind Sonic Youth and Sparks having a romp. There's some good stuff here that will appeal to fans of Blonde Redhead, Thee More Shallows, Flaming Lips and of course Mercury Rev. They have the key to the skyscraping magic box and aren't going to let go. Closer 'From Belly Deep' is soooooo christmassy.
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