Hi Red Center
Genre: experimental rock
Mar 12, 2009
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What do you know? Another solid release
from Indianapolis' Joyful Noise label! This little imprint has been
carved out a name for itself on the indie scene in the past few years
(Stationary Odyssey, Grampall Jookabox), and Hi Red
Center is the latest addition to their impressive roster. These
folks play unconventional rock music bolstered by dense, fuzzy synths.
The formula is sometimes spastic and sometime mellow,
but always interesting.
The band's charm is most evident on a
song like "Symmetry Chameleon," which meshes precise angularity with a
chaotic attitude. The blocks of synths and geeky, stretched-out vocals
complement a strange sort of melody that's more fun to experience than
to describe. Also impressive are Deerhoof-y "Trees in a Row"
and mellow "Lullaby," although I find myself skipping past irritating
"Los Olvidados." Hi Red Center are quirky folks who have
assembled (yuk yuk) a solid sophomore effort here. A little more
time on the slow-cooker will make their next record a bit more
confident and listenable, but for now they've
cemented their position as notable purveyors of unusual rock music.
"trees in a row" live
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