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The Barrens


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Psychedelic rock

Status:

Most recent release, The Barrens (2011)

See also:

The Barrens' Bandcamp page

The Barrens' Sonicbids page

The Barrens' facebook page

Comparisons:

Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Pixies, My Bloody Valentine

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

See comments below.

Recommended first album:

The Barrens is the first we've heard

Recordings:

  • Worming (EP, 2008)
  • Scoliosis (single, 2009)
  • The Barrens (2011)

The Barrens

Release info:

2011

Availability:

Digital and vinyl only; see The Barrens' Bandcamp page

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Debbie Chou—vocals, keyboards, bass, percussion
Mike Koene—lead guitars, vocals, percussion
Colin Fitz—vocals, guitars, piano, bass, percussion
Chris Gersbeck—drums, guitars, bass, vocals

Guest artists:

Nick Tardi—bass (2, 7)
Max Bunion—additional percussion (6)

Comments:

The Barrens make psychedelic pop that recalls the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev on this album. They do the quiet/loud/quiet thing that the Pixies mastered so well.
     It's always melodious, and has some neat vocals. Opener "Claw Remains" allows some dreamy and heavy passages without losing focus once. It's a great track.
   "In and of Ice" is dreamy too, and Debbie Chou's vocals are angelic and lovely. ItŐs a fascinating song, allowing so many impulses through.
     "Out of the Rain" recalls My Bloody Valentine gone more pop, a cascade of strong guitars spiraling into the ether.
     It's a fine record. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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