10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you think you might skip a release by San Francisco psych-kings Thee Oh Sees now and again (they’re astoundingly prolific), you’ll reconsider when you fall into the chomping rock ’n’ roll maw of “Contraption/Soul Desert.” One of their finest tunes, the song exemplifies all that’s right and perfect about John Dwyer and his band of musical thugs. It careens between tense windups and arms-in-the-air freefall with furiously clamoring guitars. Menacing bass lines and double-duty drums race to the finish line (Lars Finberg of the mighty Intelligence is a second drummer on Carrion Crawl). There’s no getting away from this tune or the rest of the collection, which hits all the right marks. There’s brisk, blistering, no-nonsense garage rock (the epic “The Dream,” “Opposition”), heaving, hallucinogenic weirdness (“Crack in Your Eye”), and trademark T.O.S. stompers with a slightly cleaner guitar sound that leaves more precise toothmarks (“Crushed Glass,” “Chem Farmer”). The relentless closing track, “Heavy Doctor,” is all vintage organ, breathtaking snare-bashing, and pure ‘60s guitar howl’n’scrape.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you think you might skip a release by San Francisco psych-kings Thee Oh Sees now and again (they’re astoundingly prolific), you’ll reconsider when you fall into the chomping rock ’n’ roll maw of “Contraption/Soul Desert.” One of their finest tunes, the song exemplifies all that’s right and perfect about John Dwyer and his band of musical thugs. It careens between tense windups and arms-in-the-air freefall with furiously clamoring guitars. Menacing bass lines and double-duty drums race to the finish line (Lars Finberg of the mighty Intelligence is a second drummer on Carrion Crawl). There’s no getting away from this tune or the rest of the collection, which hits all the right marks. There’s brisk, blistering, no-nonsense garage rock (the epic “The Dream,” “Opposition”), heaving, hallucinogenic weirdness (“Crack in Your Eye”), and trademark T.O.S. stompers with a slightly cleaner guitar sound that leaves more precise toothmarks (“Crushed Glass,” “Chem Farmer”). The relentless closing track, “Heavy Doctor,” is all vintage organ, breathtaking snare-bashing, and pure ‘60s guitar howl’n’scrape.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Don Waltz II ,

Play it Loud

It's been really fun to listen to this band not only progress, but improve with each successive album. While most would argue that the modern era of rock music lacks any semblance innovation, Thee Oh Sees appear to be entering their own creative oasis that few dream of being possible. Like a dog waiting for a scrap to fall off the kitchen table, this album leaves me to salivate at the thought of what might come next, and at Thee Oh Sees current breakneck pace, I'm even more encouraged by the thought that it won't take long.

aidonnbrandon ,

Thee Oh Sees!!!!

Out a week early, WoooHoo!! With this and the new Ty Segall single out today it's going to be a good week.

The Bear of Truth ,

Is this is a test?

Or is this real life? This band flippin' rules. This album is literally an energy shot into your face.
I saw them live and I drank the KoolAid,
I cannot wait until their next piece.
I wasn't even done abusing Castlemania! Then they release this!!

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