wussy Forever Sounds (CD, £10.50)label: Damnably
Forever Sounds is the band's sixth full-length and their second to be released in the UK, and finds Wussy crafting some of their most raw and melodic material to date, exploring such themes as hauntings, false prophets, aliens and The Big Lebowski, all blanketed inside layers of noise. Combining the raw energy of Nuggets-era psych with fuzzy 90's dream pop, the effect is equally jagged and serene, a blend of singable Americana and "arena-drone". Wussy formed on a dare in 2001 when retired stonemason Chuck Cleaver (formerly of Ass Ponys) and Lisa Walker began playing together as a result of Cleaver's stage fright. They have evolved over the last decade to become forerunners of New Midwestern Psychedelia. The band has been heralded by critics for both their songwriting and varied sonic palette, often drawing comparisons to admitted heroes, Television, Velvet Underground, Crazy Horse and Yo La Tengo. Lyrically, the album deals with themes of the unknown, the archaic and the occult. The artwork for the album ties in with these, which as usual was designed by the band's own Lisa Walker. Wussy were once described by former Homestead Records boss (and fan) Ken Katkin like this: "In Lisa Walker, Chuck had joined forces with the next generation's contender for poet laureate of middle-America's working class." Although musically the band create a wash of catchy fuzzed out drone rock, it is the duo's songwriting abilities that really shine. Forever Sounds is aptly titled. The album's ten tracks are full of hope, determination, heartbreak, deception, aliens, the supernatural, the everyday, friendship, love and second chances. This is a record to be savoured and cherished. Forever.
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