Hermit Thrushes

Mystery Ocean

by Jedd Beaudoin

29 November 2011

 
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Hermit Thrushes

Mystery Ocean

(Single Girl Married Girl)
US: 20 Sep 2011
UK: Import

The third full album, and eighth release, from Hermit Thrushes is a predictably noise-y, off-kilter one that incorporates field recordings, bass clarinets, nervous-sounding vocal lines, and guitars that whir and wear atop tracks such as “Nails In The Wood” and “Telegraph Hill”. The unusual instrumentation and house-of-horrors rhythms and lyrics are dense, claustrophobic and achieved with an enviable authenticity. It’s not the easiest stuff to hang with, thus by the time Mystery Ocean winds down, a mere 24 minutes after it all began, the listener can breath a sigh of relief and pause for a moment or two before getting back on the helter skelter ride.

Mystery Ocean

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