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Deleted Scenes, Lithium Burn (Park the Van Records)




Deleted Scenes, Lithium Burn (Park the Van Records)
CD Reviews April 17, 2014

04/17/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Deleted Scenes, Lithium Burn (Park the Van Records)
Third album from the DC-and-Brooklyn-rooted foursome, whose art-rock can be a chore to categorize. It’s a wetwork, surely, their thoroughly utilized instruments duking it out with oddball electro sounds and ad hoc sample captures, resulting in moves that can be over-the-top harsh, even unlistenable if you can’t deal with noise-rock at all.  The single “Stutter,” for instance, has a blues foundation, but it’s all new-jack from there, the guitars firing off rock-star glissandos while singer Dan Scheuerman wavers between an indie-kid David Byrne impersonation and Nick Cave roaring, all this interrupted in spots by math-rock spazz-outs that make things interesting. Meanwhile, their mellower stuff has received good grades, a trend likely to continue here with “Caught in the Brights,” where  guitar arpeggios and black-metal fiddling decorate the vaguely REM-like vibe; and “Landfall,” a radio-bait wounded-heart arena-indie ballad nodding vigorously in the direction of Snow Patrol. The album ends with “You Get to Say Whatever You Want,” a notion of the Arcade Fire kids singing over Melvins mud, but you shouldn’t take that as something incompatible with the whole — they dig unpredictability, but not for unpredictability’s sake. A- — Eric W. Saeger





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