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Two-Way Mirror by Crystal Antlers
Released: Jul 2011
Label: Recreation Ltd.
There are aspects to Two-Way Mirror that reflect Crystal Antlers' love of progressive rock, psychedelia and garage, particularly their use of atmospheric reverb and clever time changes. Ultimately, though, this is a post-hardcore outfit, one whose mix of bruising rhythms and herky-jerky grooves are rooted in The Mars Volta, GoGoGo Airheart and the great Unwound. Overall, the album is significantly less aggro and loud than previous ones -- the poppy "Summer Solstice" even boasts tickling ivories and a sweet melody. Another cool song is "Jules' Story," which is more of a rocker.
Justin Farrar
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