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Weird Owl, Healing (A Records)




Weird Owl, Healing (A Records)


10/17/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 The other day I received a really nice package from a person repping Anton Newcombe’s A Records, and since it’s too early to talk the new Warlocks album that was in there, I’m more than happy to shove this in your face and suggest you check it out, particularly if you’re looking for something neo-psychedelic but with a little more aggression than the Floyd/Byrds-school knockoffs you’ve been poisoning your taste with to date. This organic Brooklyn fivesome’s third LP takes the hippy-dippy Tame Impala sounds of its last album and mutes them a bit, subtracts some of the folkie-campfire stuff, and adds a little extra Spacemen 3-style skronk — not enough to scare off the straights, no, and in fact your aunt might bust into a wiggy Janis Joplin head-drug-dance if she gets a hold of this. Singer Trevor Tyrrell’s helium falsetto can be mildly cheesy, though not as much as the oldschool Korg-or-whatever synthesizers that support much of these goings-on, which include a cool-but-weird OK Go-vs-Redd Kross thing (“Change Your Mind”) and the sing-songy “Seventh of Seven Sundays,” which made me think of Moody Blues and early Interpol, as if there’s a difference. A — Eric W. Saeger

 





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