Listening to the sophomore album from Atlanta shoegazers Dog Bite — essentially the solo project of erstwhile Washed Out keyboardist Phil Jones — is a bit like snorkeling: There’s beauty out there in the deep, but you’ve gotta be willing to swim through a few layers to find it, which makes it all the more gratifying when you do. “There Was Time,” the opening track, is deliquescent, a murky mix of elliptical guitars and hesitant drum beats, blended till smooth. Like much of this record, what it lacks in coherence it makes up for in mood. “Wonder Dark” begins with hammered percussion and thick, reverberating guitar riffs, creating a haze through which you have to squint to spy its tropical-sounding melody and Jones’s gauzy gossamer vocals. On “Tuesdays,” Jones moans over plucked guitars and brutally lo-fi drum machines as if he’s singing from the other end of a sewer pipe. “Dream Feast” might be the most diffuse of all, its dreamy synths and barely-there beat swelling up and down as Jones’s vocal float over top. The exception to these soporific selections is “Lady Queen,” a surprisingly groovy house track. As its name not so subtly suggests, Tranquilizers is a proudly narcotic collection of songs whose structure is hard to discern, but whose idiosyncratic details — like those of the best dreams — are often hard to forget.
By Andrew Parks on 04.29.14 in News
Washed Out revealed his limited Keep shoe design today, making Ernest Greene the fifth musician to collaborate with the L.A. company. (Animal Collective, Bon Iver, Dinosaur Jr, and Tegan and Sara are the other four.) Acc...
By Barry Walters on 08.12.13 in Reviews
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By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.26.11 in Lists
It was a year full of surprising breakouts and breathtaking discoveries, with reliable favorites from familiar faces and strong entries from new voices. These are our Top 100 Records of 2011.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.23.11 in Lists
The sophomore jinx. It's a trope as old as rock criticism itself: Band rockets out of nowhere and gains a quick, huge, passionate following. They go from playing basements to big stages in Barcelona in 36 minutes, get na...