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Mostly No – Milk Maid
Milk Maid return with their second album ‘Mostly No’, the follow up to 2011’s ‘Yucca’. Building on their psychedelic surf rock template, Mostly No sees the band honing their West Coast influenced fuzz rock sound to produce a pleasingly dreamy sophomore collection.
Taking the fuzzy layered sounds of The Jesus And Mary Chain and early Charlatans and mixing it with a Californian warmth creates a disarmingly hummable whole. You will be singing along happily long before the darkly, occasionally macabre lyrics sink in.
Dopamine’s lazy drone opens the album, punctuated by the squeal of feedback and undulating rhythms and is followed by the more up tempo Do Right, A heady mix of 60s beats and wall of noise guitars. Elsewhere Your Neck Around Mine bounces along with a Madchester groove, hazy vocals bubbling below the surface to create an immersive whole.
Summertime is rightfully the lead single, a joyous blend of a shoegazing wall of noise and mildly disturbing lyrics about suicide. Not a summer hit you say? Well try listening to it without humming along and we’ll see.
As with the first album, frontman Martin Cohen as opted to record it using a 16 track tape machine rather than being lured into the 21st century and the trappings of the pro-tools generation. Analogue recordings have a natural warmth not easily replicated and this can be felt throughout the 11 tracks and create an almost confessional intimacy to the likes of New Plans and No Goodbye.
Less rock than his previous outfit Nine Black Alps, Milk Maid offer up lo-fi slow burners alongside indie psychedelia and is well worth exploring.
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