Monday, June 08, 2009

Hermit Thrushes

ARTIST / BAND: Hermit Thrushes

MP3s: "Snowflake Heart" / Push

ALBUM: Slight Fountain

FILE UNDER: Thrash / Folk / Experimental

LABEL: Joyful Noise

INFO: Harsh chords, complex rhythms, strange orchestration and awkward melody interchangeably weave throughout the songs of Hermit Thrushes. With their sophomore album "Slight Fountain", this Philadelphia-based five-piece displays touchingly naive bedroom lo-fi juxtaposed with disjointed arrangements, noisy multi-instrumental blasts, and nasty pitch-shifts - offering a thoroughly artful blend of indie rock. This is what the Magic Band would have sounded like if they were raised on Joan of Arc and Polvo, and had a singer that was void of any serious mental illness (though probably not the less serious kind).

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