Tentacles

Release date
7 Apr 2009
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
40:07

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Painless Sleep 2:16 11,014
2 Dust 2:27 10,870
3 Time Erased 3:37 9,807
4 Andrew 3:35 20,390
5 Vapor Trail 2:18 9,096
6 Tentacles 1:54 9,607
7 Until The Sun Dies, Part 1 2:51 434
8 Memorized 3:53 8,329
9 Glacier 3:02 8,093
10 Foot Of The Mountain 0:25 122
11 Your Spears 2:25 7,513
12 Swollen Sky 4:12 8,055
13 Several Tongues 7:12 6,844

About this album

Succinctly described by Uncut as ‘fried psychedelic punks’, these Long Beach-based noise merchants offer a full-frontal sonic assault on their debut album. Initially, their lo-fi cacophony is bewildering, exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure. But repeated plays reveal method to their madness, as a myriad of melodies emerge.

Buried under Victor Rodriguez’ glowering organ, ear-shredding guitar feedback and fevered rhythms (they have both a percussionist and a drummer) is the deranged, hysterical howl of singer/bassist Jonny Bell. Only occasionally are any of his words decipherable, but you get the impression that, like Michael Stipe’s mumble on early REM records, this is a critical part of Crystal Antlers’ appeal. Probably if their sound were cleaned up and you could hear the lyrics properly, they’d lose much of their mystery.

Tentacles is splattered with diverse and intriguing influences, and the fact that this six-piece have covered songs by both psychedelic garage rockers The Chocolate Watchband and jazz pianist Mose Allison gives some idea of the
breadth of these. The free-jazz honking that emerges on both the 25-second Foot Of The Mountain and the epic closer Several Tongues underlines that. On Memorized, descending keyboard riffs and restless tempo changes hint at prog rock guilty pleasures, but the hardcore thrash of the title track has the
economy and bite of Dead Kennedys – with a few twists and turns.

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