The Barrens

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The Barrens

The Barrens unite a wonderful array of influences on their debut full length self-titled release; Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips, The Breeders, The Pixies, even Black Sabbath…they all come to mind at different times, making for a suitably topsy turvy psychedelic adventure. After opening with the sleepy “Claw Remains” (which has a very interesting slow motion music video), they don’t hesitate to bring out the prog rock/metal on “Felt”, which could have very well been written by those lovable desert rock kings, Kyuss. We head into poppier territory with “Bottom of a Well”, where Colin Fitzgerald and Debbie Chou’s vocal chemistry really shine, as they harmonize us into indie pop/rock paradise. This is really beautiful stuff.

“In and of Ice”gives Debbie’s voice a chance to shine on it’s own, and it’s the first of a few stunners from her on the album. Musically, it’s very dreamy and sparing. This is a band who know their dynamics. “Our of the Rain” is possibly the album standout for me…too lengthy for radio but full of depth and mystery for the dedicated listener. Chalk full of emotion and definitely an epic. Other standouts include “Never Knew”, which borders on soul music; moving, honest lyrics and the piece just soars; and “Yellow Cigarette”, which finds the band at their frantic “The Pixies” best. Coupled with the sobering closer “Face the Eighth”, there isn’t a miss on this release.

I’d go as far as to say The Barrens should be getting known well outside of their native Brooklyn before 2012 is up.

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