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Flavor Crystals - The Shiver of The Flavor Crystals (2015)

26-10-2015, 02:47
Music | Rock | Alternative | Indie

Flavor Crystals - The Shiver of The Flavor Crystals (2015)

Artist: Flavor Crystals
Title Of Album: The Shiver of The Flavor Crystals
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: MPLS
Genre: Indie Rock, Psychedelic, Shoegaze
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 57:44
Total Size: 139 Mb
WebSite: Preview


01. Eyes Go White (05:02)
02. Antenna House (05:43)
03. Bridge Of Noise (05:04)
04. Medicine In The End (03:10)
05. Diamond Mine (06:11)
06. Oscillot (04:03)
07. Mirror In My Mind (04:39)
08. Billy Dee Williams' Parking Spot (05:38)
09. Bumblebirds (03:37)
10. Clown Crowd Cloud (04:01)
11. Neuzesandfly (06:14)
12. Rich Drunk's Stereo System (01:07)
13. Wednesday Bloody Wednesday (03:13)

I can't figure out why Minneapolis, Minnesota's Flavor Crystals is a relatively new name to me, especially after several great releases and an opening slot for the Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2009. This month's The Shiver Of The Flavor Crystals is the band's fourth album and a double LP at that. Adding to my disbelief, they're currently (at least, at the time of my writing this) among the top selling records for three of their Bandcamp tags krautrock, psych, and space rock, I sincerely wish I could say I've been a fan for years. At least now I can say that I am firmly planted in their flock, I suppose it's never too late. In recent years, psych acts' releases have become shorter on tracks, favoring longer songs. However, Flavor Crystals has taken a different tack, a sort of maxmimalism that only the strongest of bands could pull off. 2009's Three was pressed on triple white vinyl and included bonus material, clocking in at just under 100 minutes. While The Shiver Of The Flavor Crystals is only a mere thirteen tracks, the band's sentiments remain the same, even the short Rich Drunk's Stereo System provides a necessary slice of atmosphere before the noisy, frantic closer, Wednesday Bloody Wednesday. Album opener, Eyes Go White stands among the strongest tracks on the release. Sprawling, dissonant, and lush, the guitar bleeds its riff over a commanding bass line and snare-based rhythm. Vocally, we're dealt an airy, shoegaze-styled bit that, while buried of course, still adds a strong presence. Bridge Of Noise takes up a motorik beat and swirling synths while the guitar wends every which way. After the experimental structure of Medicine In The End, the pop sensibilities of Diamond Mine (a David Kilgour cover) rise in stark contrast. While still possessing moments of experimentation, the heart of the song rests in the steady acoustic chord progression and almost in the best way sing-a-long chorus. While maintaining a strong grip on their sound, this time around Flavor Crystals have compiled a varied stretch of dreamy shoegaze and experimentation. One that comes in, for me, among the best this year and it's been a very good year.

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