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Review: The Low Frequency in Stereo, Futuro

Start with a blender.  Add a  good amount of deeply stoned psychedelic rock of the kind played by the great late ’60s San Francisco bands at their peak.  Add healthy dollops of Velvet Underground and Shoegaze à la My Bloody Valentine.  Flavor with a post-rock sensibility and a garage rock attitude.  Add a few bits of the Doors, Can, and Stereolab.  Season with discord to taste.  Set the blender on low so you end with recognizable chunks in the mix.  What do get?  The Low Frequency in Stereo, a band that flat out kicks ass.

The Low Frequency in Stereo is a five piece out of Norway.  Futuro is their first full length album.  Whatever images Norway brings to mind, forget about it.  These guys transcend space.  The retro influences named above may also bring images to mind.  Forget about those too because these guys also transcend time.  You can hear the band’s influences but they are not making derivative music.  This isn’t The Low Frequency in Stereo doing Velvet Underground or Stereolab.  It’s a  creative band making original music.

It’s rare to find a band that can internalize a style from the past so deeply that they sound like they could have been one of those bands.  It’s even rarer to find a band that can do this for more than one style.  And it’s rarer yet for a band to be able to do this within the confines of one song and make it sound like an organic whole rather than an bolted together, unwieldy mess.  The Low Frequency in Stereo is one of those ultra-rare bands and Futuro is one of those terrific albums that doesn’t have a bad cut on it.  Recommended.

“Solar System”

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07/13/2010 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | , , , , , ,

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