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"Impossible Object" CD

Devious Semantics

Genres: indie rock, indie pop, lo-fi

November 2006

Off-kilter indie rock from this long-standing act on Devious Semantics, and they get a nod from We Are Scientists so you gotta dig that. Impossible Object is an energetic and eclectic affair from these boys, and if you like rough, strange-but-accessible rawk music then you're bound to find something of interest here. Dark and somehow psychedelic "The Second You Sell" is my sleeper pick for the record's best track (despite the press sheet listing three others as "suggested") - the spaced-out texture and explosive ending make it the most dynamic moment on this disc. Rocking "Cops Drugged Out" continues the fire, while "East Vs. West" is a nice little space-rocker and "Murder Weapon" has a distinct melody designed to forge a place in your mind (the album's "single," if you will). And then you've got the necessary slow songs, from traditional acoustic "The Tunnel" and "Never Return" to bizarro "Cash Moves Killers." Impossible Object is solid though inessential, but it brings long-running Smite to my attention and for that I'm glad.



Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: distributed by the label, released 2006]