Posted: Nov 26, 2012 10:49 pm |
Edited by: cococomas
TIM043: MMOSS "Only Children" LP/CD
"From the damp and misty woods of New Hampshire emerges the second full length from psychedelic jam warriors MMOSS. The minute we heard the band's 2011 debut on Burger Records they immediately rocketed to the front of our release "wish list". Recorded by the band themselves at home "Only Children" is everything we could have hoped for.
The songs swirl and shimmer as the vocals waver and glide together like the trippiest acid test light show. 'Only Children' is a decidedly heavier trip than the debut album paring down the sheer number of tracks in favor of expanded blasts of musical mayhem. 'War Sux' has the motoric kraut of modern acts like Cave while 'Marty Hills' lays down the drone and hand drum a'la Swedish hippies 'Parson Sound'. That being said, MMOSS hasn't lost their pop sensibility - 'Another Day' and 'Another Dream' take you (literally) from mono to stereo with cascading vocal harmonies so sweet, you won't even notice that the hooks have already sunken in. Their vocal interplay affirms an affection for the group vocal stylings of 60's west coast acts like The Rose Garden, Comfortable Chair & The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, taking their melancholic & bittersweet recollections and bringing them to a plugged-in generation. MMOSS is the sound of hippies that took the brown acid and liked it. Live free or die. The vinyl edition of "Only Children" is pressed on 150gram, randomly mixed vinyl & includes an 18 x 24 poster, & download code."
TIM044: Woollen Kits "Four Girls" LP/CD (Co-release w/RIP Society)
"Australia is in a full-on rock & roll renaissance right now & charging to the front of the pack is Melbourne's Woollen Kits! "Four Girls" is the follow up to their self-titled debut LP on RIP Society & a continuation of the greatness of their TiM debut 7-inch from summer 2012. The new album finds the band in tip-top form; confident & assured, with a suite of their best tunes to date.
Songs herein deal with underlying longing or fantasy with individual truths & being fed up with people's phoney concepts and ideals (which, guitarist Tom H says: "in an effort to make themselves feel more deep and interesting to people, are actually creating a barrier between themselves and everyone else by only relating to others on a very one dimensional level"). But despite this frustration or sense of loss, there's usually (usually) a positive spin on these themes. 'Cheryl' is a definite standout on the album and offers listeners some of the truest lyrics ever put to song with "When you look good, you know you feel good, and when you feel good, you get shit done." 'Susannah' is another instant head-bopper with its happy-tappy VU guitar strum and horn interplay. Tom, Tom and Leon have taken the two disparate voices of their debut album and forged a united delivery emphasizing the best of both song writer's strengths. It's got the swagger and jangle of classic Flying Nun and the simplicity and directness of Beat Happening with a dash of late-80's underground rock. The U.S. edition on Trouble In Mind is pressed on black vinyl, includes an full-color insert & download code."
Get 'em while they're hot: www.troubleinmindrecs.com