The Aquarium, The Aquarium

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

In their live shows, DC duo the Aquarium plays in front of projections of old science films and newsreels. The music on their self-titled debut has that same kind of yellowed, grainy texture. Blending thick blurts of organ with pinpricks of electric guitar, The Aquarium create eleven obstinate little songs full of kick and snort and wheeze. Jason Hutto's vocals are drowned in echo, making them sound far-off and eerie, and the songs have a warm, cobbled-together charm.