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Terrapin Pond

Hello All Stations

(Garden Gate Records; US: 24 Aug 2010; UK: 23 Aug 2010)

Slightly psychadelic, mighty country

Terrapin Pond describes itself as “fuzzed-out, spaced-out, finger-pickin’ noise like ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ reborn in Appalachia”. That sounds pretty fun. Who doesn’t need a little more psychedelic-swamp hillbilly music? Sadly, while the album does carry a certain stoner-country vibe, there’s not nearly as much wah-wah banjo or distorted fiddle playing as one might hope.


There are standouts aplenty, though. “Big Reel” chugs along with a loping charm until the final minute’s wailing guitar solo and “The Face of the Moon” mixes fiddles and finger-picking into a sinister minor-key dirge. Much of the record follows a more laid-back groove, as on opener “A Call to Arms” or the Pink-Floyd-meets-Grateful-Dead murmur of “Fight You in My Dreams.” In fact, the Workingman’s Dead-era Dead are a strong presence here—no surprise, given the band’s echo of the Dead album title Terrapin Station—and the country-psychedelia mix falls much more on the side of country side of the equation.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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