#94

July 7, 2010

Frog Eyes – The Golden River
indie-rock, experimental-rock, psych-rock
2003

One of the more overtly unusual albums to fall under the very expansive umbrella known as “indie-rock”, The Golden River is a trip quite unlike any other. Frog Eyes’ lead singer andFrog Eyes - The Golden River principal songwriter, Carey Mercer, carries the image of something of an indie elder statesman or mentor, notable for having taken critical-favourite Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) under his wing, and his passionate, deformed-Bowie delivery is going to be the first hurdle most listeners encounter. If his all-over-the-shop whimper-hollering and bizarre lyrical imagery aren’t enough to scare you away, then all that’s left is to get a feel for the haunted fun house on acid instrumentation and totally unpredictable song structures that blur and creep and wind through the album like hallucinations. If you manage all this, then you’re all set to experience and enjoy one of the genre’s most truly unique groups. This isn’t quite their creative peak – that came with the 2007 song “Bushels”, which is just devastatingly good, although this album’s “One in Six Children Will Flee in Boats” comes close – but as far as I’m concerned it’s their finest album overall.

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