arty New Yorkers pay homage to both Yo La Tengo and My Bloody Valentine
by taking simple guitar, bass and back-beat kick drum arrangements
to lengthy, droning extremes. The goal is to put you in a trancy
loss of consciousness or state of foggy hypnotic bliss.
And they get you there,
especially on the instrumental "O Mellow Syr," which if
it went on for 20 more minutes would be just fine with me. They
belt you back to consciousness with the feedback howl of "Trunk"
that captures a slacker-discussion that could be an outtake from
Reservoir Dogs (it culminates with something's eyes popping
out, you get the drift) blurred beneath a sonic acid test. The topper
is the shimmering "Smoove," with its wall of half-dozing
On the other side of
Theselah's hydraulic buzz are hummable pop songs. The laid-back
"Perfect Unexcelled" is modern-day The Association complete
with breathy bah-bah-baahs, while "Red" tips its high-hat
to Sonic Youth.
They'll label this everything
from slo-core to psychedelic and, for the most part, they'll be
right. This works breathtakingly well because it respects those
genres and creates something new in the meantime.
Posted Dec. 13,
2002. Copyright © 2002 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
label this everything from slo-core to psychedelic and, for
the most part, they'll be right."