Pedal Steel Transmission
"In the Winter, It Makes the Dead Grass Look
Genres: indie rock, noise rock, country
April 20 - 27 2002
is, quite simply, a brilliant indie release. It's amazing - the whole
thing works like one big epic. All of this is just very catchy,
enjoyable indie rock. The pedal steel is used perfectly in combination
with the other instruments, all of which are incorporated perfectly.
The result? Crashing symphonies of country-influenced noise rock -
kind of what like Spiritualized would have sounded like had they grown
up on a diet of country and folk.
"I Only Got 1 Hour Of Sleep Last Night," one of the
album's ten tracks, is an amazing piece of space folk. Echoes of
warbling slide guitar reflect upon the surfaces of the crashing drums
and fantastic vocals - all to wonderful effect. Meanwhile, "Para
Ella" features guest female vocals, lending the song a pleasant,
joyful quality. The song packs a very strong punch; it starts off very
playfully, and then gradually conglomerates into a conclusion of
Altogether, "In the Winter..." is a magnificient album.
From the rip-roaring power of "Her Dream" to the three
cinematic parts of "Sempiternal Tryst Detente," this is an
epic. The Pedal Steel Transmission have recorded what is definitely
one of the better albums of last year.