Brand new one from this Iowa based veterans and you’ll be pleased to know that there sound is a hybrid of kraut rock and psych because there’s not enough of that sort of thing about. But this album oozes quality and has a kinetic sound which marries shimmering synths, exciting drum patterns and bass grooves. Said to be possibly their best yet so get on board.
Vinyl LP £16.99 WCR050LP
LP on Wharf Cat Records.
CD £12.99 WCR050CD
CD on Wharf Cat Records.
What if They Might Be Giants dressed up as a weirdo psych rock band and had a nice time krautrocking their way to ecstasy? Okay, that would literally never happen and I should know better than to put ideas into your head -- but also it’s this Wet Hair album. A gloopy, childish mess of ridiculously set-up keyboard sounds, which either land on a melody or lean into chirpy dissonance, was my first clue. The careless vocals and quietly shredded guitars confirmed all suspicions and now I know, fully, whether you want to believe me or not, what I think about ‘The Floating World’.
It wouldn’t be a Wet Hair release if it wasn’t fucking fun to listen to, obviously -- the fact that they take pretty tightly wound genres and make them an utter shambles is what gives them their place on a higher plain. These tracks sound both interstellar and from within earth’s most gravity-dependent garage at the same time, the keys sending them up into space as the lo-fi recording of punchy drums and grainy guitar brings them back down.
Why am I so taken by bands that sound like the crap ones I was making upstairs in my friends’ houses at the age of sixteen? Largely because I’ve regressed, but also because of those moments where the over-intuitive shit comes together with unharnessed and misunderstood brilliance. There’s a lovely post-punk riff jangling against gorgeously washed out synths on “Endless Procession” -- they’re met with one of the worst keyboard lines I’ve ever heard. What a perfect and terrible moment for the history of music it is.
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