Ex Wheat guitarist Rick Lescault
formed Emetrex early this year, this five-track EP is the bands first relea**se
Despite the short time that they’ve been
together Emetrex have probably recorded one of the best American psychedelia
releases that I’ve heard so far this year. Like other American imports Mercury
Rev, Wheat, Beulah & Grandaddy they’re not afraid of a bit of
The weakest track on the CD is the title
track ‘The birds your brother’ the birdsong samples, layered guitars and
swirling keyboard sounds are brilliant but are let down by the indistinct
murmuring. Rick’s vocals are a lot clearer on the b-sides and get better as
the each song passes. During ‘I feel so badly (really)’ he resentfully
whispers “nobody cares about you now” over hypnotic swirling waves of
sounds. He also feels cheated on ‘Thunderstruck’ where his vocals improve
and but and this time he sounds like the dEUS main man Tom Barman.
‘The wire’ is very different to the
first two and has quite a cheery start with 30 seconds of random notes being
played on a keyboard, after that stops a home-recorded acoustic number begins.
This reminds me off early Grandaddy songs and is my personal fav. ‘Nothings
Wrong’ is the most optimistic song, with its acoustic guitars, simple bass and
percussion rhythm and annoyingly catchy melodies; it carries you off to place in
Rick’s dreamlike world. If your feeling depressed and want sometime to cheer
you up buy this CD as I’m certain it’ll do the trick.
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