SF-based garage-psych band Thee Oh Sees are back with their second release of the year; instead of detached, psych-folk-pop this one is loud, jammy, showing some heavy krautrock influences, and features the band as they perform live (two drummers included, and the rhythm section shines on every track). Big Syd Barrett influence. Indecipherable male and female vocals highlight all vocal tracks. 2 & 6 are GREAT; all the rest but 7 are recommended.
RIYL: Ty Segall, Sic Alps, Neu!, Can
1. (5:50) Slower electric guitar workout over circa '68 Pink Floyd.
***2. (5:21) Groovy, explosive combination of a live favorite (Contraption) and a Can cover (Soul Desert). One of two must-plays here.
3 (5:16) Slow, heavy, sounds like a warm breeze feels~1:15 of fade out noise.
4 (4:07) Robotic, motorized, drum/bass-centered instrumental jam; loud, heavily-effected guitar alongside it
5 (1:39) Driving pop song, sounds like it's off their album Help
****6 (6:52) Track of the year candidate. Another kraut-psych jam; guitars, vox (falsetto w/ fem backing), drums, bass are all ridiculous. Loud the whole way through but with some well-timed screams absolutely explodes at ~4:50. Plus bonus bladerunnercore organ in the background that could be played all by itself
7 (1:52) Simple guitar rhythm; warped, distorted vocals
*8 (2:53) Crunchy guitars; bridges the pop-jam gap
*9 (3:41) Heavy, foreboding, pounding drums, and all kinds of weird vocals
10 (3:07) A high ABV track; loud, big, with catchy hooks and "ah-ah-ah-ah"s