Friday, July 5, 2013

PURLING HISS - WATER ON MARS LP

PURLING HISS - WATER ON MARS LP (Drag City)
Purling Hiss are a Philly based indie-rock trio. Their previous four LPs have all been been characterized by a radical lo-fi production. Also Spacin' and Birds Of Maya, who they share members with, waive a professional studio production and exactly this lo-fi roughness has been one of the major secrets of Purling Hiss' prior releases. "Water On Mars" marks the first time, they've recorded their songs with a professional studio production. Thats why the album is initially somewhat difficult to get used to and it takes some time to get familiar with it. Musically Purling Hiss continue the development they've taken with their "Public Service Announcement" record. The blown out 70s rock and Stooges protopunk vibe of their early releases is still apparent, but they push a 80s and early 90s Dinosaur Jr. SST rock influence way into the forefront. The focus is more on writing immediate melody-fillled tunes, rather than cranking out wild, dirty and loud rock. The clean production helps to point out how varied and outstanding the guitarwork is, which previously got a bit lost in their lo-fi sound mush. They add pulsating bass-lines, unfussy but groovy drum beats and countless of sparkling vocal harmonies. "Water On Mars" is a timeless and complex record with it's own fresh sound and it's getting better with every new spin. (Listen to it here)