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Tentacles [Slipcase]

  • 1. Painless Sleep
    2. Dust
    3. Time Erased
    4. Andrew
    5. Vapor Trail
    6. Tentacles
    7. Until The Sun Dies (Part 1)
    8. Memorized
    9. Glacier
    10. Foot Of The Mountain
    11. Your Spears
    12. Swollen Sky
    13. Several Tongues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TG342CD

  • Credits
    ProducerCrystal Antlers; Joe Goldring
    EngineerJoe Goldring

    Personnel: Jonny Bell (vocals, woodwinds, bass instrument); Errol Davis (guitar, organ); Andrew King (guitar); Damian Edwards (woodwinds, percussion); Victor Rodriguez (piano, organ); Kevin Stuart (drums).
    TENTACLES is a woozily psychedelic album that crosses so many genres that it fits neatly into no particular sub-field: the prominent fuzztone organ suggests both snarling garage rock and Pink Floyd-style space rock, while Johnny Bell's shrieking, hoarse vocals owe more to hardcore and other punk offshoots. The 13 songs tend to be brief, with over half of them sticking under three minutes, and the scratchy lo-fi production gives them a harsh edge, even on tuneful material like "Glacier."

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.62) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Victor Rodriguez's buzzing, shrieking organ chords are pushed to the front of the mix -- the heroic voice that arcs above the band's riotous guitar-bass-drums clamor."
    Spin (p.78) - "[T]heir absolute focus liberates them, as bursts of chaotic instrumentation coalesce behind Jonny Bell's frayed yowls on the patiently unfolding psych of 'Andrew' and 'Memorized.'"
    Pitchfork (Website) - "Opener 'Painless Sleep' features Victor Rodriguez's skidding organ peals skipping over themselves, showing a sense of playfulness..."
    Uncut (magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Crucially, it always feels as if the Crystal Antlers are having a blast, continually cold-shouldering the obvious and pushing each other to the limits of their musicianship and beyond."
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