10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though "Wax Face" opens Putrifiers II with the mind-melting ferocity that so intoxicated fans on past T.O.S. tunes, the album as a whole is a white-hot brew of everything the supreme psych-rockers do best. If one could distill their two 2011 releases into one edited, cohesive whole—or perhaps distill their entire vast catalog into such a thing—it would come awfully close to Putrifiers II. There are strings and woodwinds among other instrumental delights here; we love the droning cello and violins on the Velvets-ish "So Nice." There are also mind-melters ("Lupine Dominus" snaps and growls with appropriately feral organs and guitar) and artfully sculpted bad-trip soundtrack music ("Clouds #1"). Plus, there are almost-breezy psych-pop tunes with summery strings ("Goodnight Baby"), as well as sweetly '60s-style vocal harmonies and crisp, just-before-the-red production ("Flood's New Light," "Hang a Picture"). Thee Oh Sees even toss in funhouse-mirror doo-wop ("Will We Be Scared?") and dew-kissed baroque pop ("Wicked Pop"). John Dwyer and his merry band continue evolving before our very eyes, and that is, literally, awesome.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though "Wax Face" opens Putrifiers II with the mind-melting ferocity that so intoxicated fans on past T.O.S. tunes, the album as a whole is a white-hot brew of everything the supreme psych-rockers do best. If one could distill their two 2011 releases into one edited, cohesive whole—or perhaps distill their entire vast catalog into such a thing—it would come awfully close to Putrifiers II. There are strings and woodwinds among other instrumental delights here; we love the droning cello and violins on the Velvets-ish "So Nice." There are also mind-melters ("Lupine Dominus" snaps and growls with appropriately feral organs and guitar) and artfully sculpted bad-trip soundtrack music ("Clouds #1"). Plus, there are almost-breezy psych-pop tunes with summery strings ("Goodnight Baby"), as well as sweetly '60s-style vocal harmonies and crisp, just-before-the-red production ("Flood's New Light," "Hang a Picture"). Thee Oh Sees even toss in funhouse-mirror doo-wop ("Will We Be Scared?") and dew-kissed baroque pop ("Wicked Pop"). John Dwyer and his merry band continue evolving before our very eyes, and that is, literally, awesome.

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