Black Ark, Black Ark

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Fuzzy rock weirdness that sometimes stumbles into the sublime and the sublimely weird, Black Ark is the kind of album you can't stop listening to but don't know why — full of almost-songs and tape collages, there ain't much in the way of hooks here. But then again, the Oneida-lite of "Insect Capitol" is perfect for humming and the all-too-brief "Faerie Music" is a captivating acoustic guitar ditty perfect for strumming. (Both songs are also perfect for mixtapes.) Fans of early Sebadoh, Captain Beefheart, Iran, Faust and pretty much anyone who recorded on the cheap and wasn't afraid to flaunt it will dig this, for sure.