Originally released as a CD-R, this acid-fried eight-track recording by this odd newcomer to Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label is one of the most wonderfully skewed takes on classic pop you're likely to hear. Tape warp and vintage hiss and hum are the outerwear, but some serious '70s radio songcraft dwells underneath. This is the stuff Bowie heard in his dreams when not being terrorized by Satan living in his swimming pool. So dang it if we don't have a lo-fi revival on our hands. But this new batch seems bound and determined to drag listeners back with writing so catchy and sounds so warm that it's impossible to resist. Just pretend you're Steve Buscemi's character in Ghost World, and Maxell cassettes are the new 78-rpm records. ~ Joshua Glazer
Spin (p.124) - "A lo-fi masterpiece." - Grade: A
Uncut (p.146) - "[T]heir range, volatility and Simulaneist overload sounds like The Beatles circa 1967, The Human League, FM radio's Hall Of Fame, Phil Spector, Tiny Tim and the great R Stevie Moore all frolicking at once in an acid bath in his own head."
The Wire (p.56) - "[Q]uirky pop songs, smothered under a trademark lo-fi blanket of tape hiss and cheap synths."
The Wire (p.65) - "THE DOLDRUMS plays like a Super-8 home movie from the 1970s in almost every respect....[With a] freewheeling embrace of stoned 60s pop and 70s cheese."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[They] combine lo-fi sunshine songs with smeared undersea electronics..."
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