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CD Review: Liars “Sisterworld”

Nothing sounds quite like the haunting melodies emanating from Liars’ new album, “Sisterworld.” This three-piece band from Los Angeles includes Angus Andrews on vocals and guitar, Aaron Hemphill on percussion, guitar and synth, and Julian Gross on drums. “Sisterworld,” released in March 2010, raises impressions and feelings, invoking images of shaman rituals and underground punk caves.

The first song on the album, Scissor, is a delicious surprise. The first minute and forty-two seconds are filled with Angus Andrews’ smooth “death crooner” voice, reminiscent of Jim Morrison. Then, the guitar takes over; giving the impression of a final death rattle after an almost religious ceremony.

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CD Review: The SSRIs “Effeminate Godzilla-Sized Wind Chimes”

The SSRIs’s often spastic songs mimic manic-depressive tendencies. Highs and lows – a chaotic muddle of emotions, from anger and excitement to lucid periods of sentimentality. In an instant they go from panic attack to a popped anti-anxiolytic and back, and back again, bringing to mind the notion that “mental” is half of the word “sentimental.” If you are seeking some new urgently heavy, but far from straight-forward music, this is the release to check out.

Genre-wise, the SSRIs refuse to fit into any simple category. They now refer to their music as noise-pop; elements of both melody and noise are crucial to their sound. I see it as collage-y, wired post-punk. Stretches of freak-outs followed by chill-outs. It reminds me at times of Die! Die! Die! and the way they play with time signatures is reminiscent of math rockers North of America and Q And Not U. Other listeners have compared the SSRIs to Fugazi, Micachu and the Shapes, Blood Brothers, Health, Liars and the Cardiacs.