With members of acts including (but not limited to!) The Olivia Tremor Control, Realistic Pillow and Circulatory System, it really is justified to call Lavender Holyfield a supergroup, especially if you are a fan of the whole Athens scene. Rabbitboxing Midnightmouth is a wild surreal carnival of post-punk avant-party music: something to really feast your ears on. Released by Cloud Recordings.
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Winning this years most absurdly pun filled band name, this bunch of Athens reprobates contains former members of Olivia Tremor Control amongst others and produce a nice psych influenced sonic stew that sounds something like Deerhunter if they could reclaim something like the vitality and energy they once had. Opener 'Sugar Without Cube' is a start stop waft of psych pop that sets the scene for what is to come. They share with the Lilys a whimsical sense of timing and structure where songs suddenly collapse into a heap. 'Where Do These Losers Go?' can't stay still for a minute, veering from mystery pop to falling-down-the-stairs psych rock.
The first side of the album was recorded at home, the second in a 'proper' studio and there is a shift after you flip it over. 'A Private Opera Ultramarine' is the first time the band come up with something truly original, an incredible jittery piece of music that straddles rock and electronica, kind of if Philip Glass and Talking Heads collaborated. The second side progresses into the oddball, discordant and avant garde. Tracks begin to sprawl as the band get ambitious.
The album is almost two albums in one - the first side good psych rock like early Of Montreal, the second heading into the weird backwaters of early Roxy Music. Less listenable perhaps but more ambitious. One true classic in 'A Private Opera Ultramarine' and lots of thoughtful and wonky psych. Very promising.
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