Saturday 22 March 2014

Web of Sunsets: Room of Monsters

These 9 songs have an eerie, glassy brilliance. There's an incorporeal atmosphere like Mazzy Star, a downhome twang like Scud Mountain Boys and a soft psychedelia like the sound of California, 1967. They call it "acid-country", which reminds me of Judee Sill describing her music as "country-cult-baroque".

It's no surprise this album was recorded in a day - the cumulative effect is a sustained reverie. There's no knockout pop song like Fool's Melodies, their first single and one of 2013's stand-out debuts, which is no bad thing because you're meant to take Room of Monsters whole in its intricate pattern of tender and uncompromising glory.

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