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Wooden Indian Burial Ground

Wooden Indian Burial Ground

(Mon Amie; US: 30 Oct 2012; UK: 30 Oct 2012)

Wooden Indian Burial Ground’s new, eponymous 8-track release is psychedelic rock in perhaps the truest sense of the world. It’s a warped take on surf- and blues-rock that will make you question your own perception, make you wonder what spell the music itself is casting. The skronky guitar/organ attack on “Sparklerella”, combined with the echoed baritone vocals and gang singing in the background, is jarring and excellent. Opener “Helicopter” combines their furious riffage and screeching howls with guitar feedback freakouts and sound experiments that expand the song past its own tense borders. Even “Waltz for Edritch”, with its dusty, slow shuffle, has its own eccentric edge. The entire record is full of unpredictable fury, of structures so fast and tight they seem rickety and chaotic even when the band is at their most in-control. You may find yourself wishing the vocals weren’t so treated and buried in the mix, so you could hear what all this taut energy is actually focused on, but even if you’re not sure what it’s saying, you know exactly how Wooden Indian Burial Ground feels: thrilling.


Matthew Fiander is a music critic for PopMatters and Prefix Magazine. He also writes fiction and his work has appeared in The Yalobusha Review. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNC-Greensboro and currently teaches writing and literature at High Point University in High Point, NC. You can follow him on Twitter at @mattfiander.

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