Monday, June 01, 2009

The Warlocks' Mirror Explodes

Since forming ten years ago, each of The Warlocks' five albums have been noticeably different in sound and approach. The Los Angeles-based band continues that trend on their latest album The Mirror Explodes, chiefly by going shoegazing for 43 minutes. Each of the album's eight songs coalesce into a slow and steady burn, kind of like My Bloody Valentine in slow motion.

If you are in search of somber psychedelia, this is it. To quote the press release, The Mirror Explodes "paints pictures of luck, longing, losing, moods and fever dreams in the haze of distant memory." Only on "Frequency Meltdown" do they really break free of that haze and crank up the tempo.

The heavy distortion and reverb The Warlocks have been known for in the past has also been slightly peeled back, making this a more accessible effort than 2007's Heavy Deavy Skull Lover. The Mirror Explodes is available now on Tee Pee Records.