Really oddball sounding lo-fi sound collage rock from this three piece who have toured extensively with Parquet Courts to the point where their Andrew Savage writes the press release here. He's smitten for sure. I'll take his word. It's really wobbly off kilter stuff but there's pop hooks 'neath the sludge.
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It actually makes a lot of sense that this here Naomi Punk band are heartily endorsed by Parquet Courts, their touring buddies, despite the two bands having little in common on the surface. The Courts tried to make out-and-out avant garde once, on ‘Monastic Living’, and then gave it up to get them indie big bucks again; their interest in broken rock music lives, though, and can be seen through their strong partnership and collaboration with weirdos PC Worship. Naomi Punk are third on the ladder and make even stranger fragments, taking the source code of This Heat and adding lo-fi ambient drain-circling into the mix.
There’s a point where you’ll probably look up and realise you somehow made it to the fourth song without realising; this is because they’ll suddenly be sorta doing a song, this one called “Cookie”, and the hints of structure will be the shock. With a Thinking Fellers’ kinda ambivalence towards whether they’ll make a song or play table tennis with their guitars, their noise rock manages to earn twin vibes in both angst and slack, their lazy heaviness lolling about the place among almost well-fit chord changes.
There are like twenty-five songs on this thing and they’re often surplus: wonderful sampled interludes like the foggy dance memories of “My Shadow” end up stretching out as long as the songs around them, or else they spill into them, the songs predestined to have a bit of weird to them. It’s a wild ride, is ‘Yellow’, and any moment of clarity is all the better for the chaos around it. This is punk music burned to a crisp, the way we often like it.
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