"What the Buzzing" CD
Genres: space rock, neo-psychedelia
PO Box 20611
Sep 30 - Oct 6 2002
my! I wasn't expecting much from Floorian. Ninety-nine percent
of the time, self-released debut albums simply suck ass. Major ass.
But heck, What The Buzzing managed to prove my prejudiced
theories wrong - and embarass my fragile ego, as well.
Floorian is a self-described "hypno drone space
vibrations" band that, well, don't exactly sound like a "hypno
drone space vibrations" band. You see, Floorian is not
droney at all. In fact, this album spends a considerable amount of its
duration rocking out. It's perhaps better described as psychedelic
space rock, falling somewhere in the midst of Pink Floyd, Mogwai,
and the noisy side of Sebadoh.
While some songs ("Lenka," "Auravine") are
predominately atmospheric and soundscapey, the focus rests on a strong
rock and pop influence that Floorian pulls off wonderfully.
"Or So They Say," for example, sounds like a cross between Sebadoh
and Archers of Loaf, except with a spacier, ground-lifting
feeling to it. "Symptoms Alone", meanwhile, is a draining,
nine-minute epic of intergalactic folk-rock, like what you'd get if
you shot Yo La Tengo even further into the depths of space.
"Auravine," meanwhile, focuses more on drones, making great
use of a waivering bassline, a sparse beat, and some echoing,
atmospheric sounds in the background. While certainly different from
the more accessible material, it is a nice, airy composition.
Altogether, Floorian have done a great job with What the
Buzzing. Filled with amazing solos, galactic atmospheres, and
catchy, all-enveloping bouts of rock, this is already one of the best
psychedelic records of the year.
53 min 59 sec; 8 tracks; distributed by CD