When Clipd Beaks emerged from the Oakland post-post-punk scene earlier in the decade, they set themselves apart from brethren in bands such as No Age, HEALTH, and Abe Vigoda by utilizing a sobering blend of experimental sound layering, melodic drone, and psych-jazz overtones into the herky jerky rhythms of the scene from which they arose. On the group’s latest album, they streamline their unique sound into something spacier and more Western influenced, as if someone dropped a tab of Ry Cooder blotter acid into their collective beer. To Realize is a cool, noir-ish fusion of several disparate styles blended together to create a sonic vision that expresses a great sense of growth in one of the most promising acts the West Coast has to offer.
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