Far Out Fangtooth

Borrowed Time

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On Pure and Disinterested, Far Out Fangtooth lived up to their debut album's title: serving up doomy riffs and aloof guy-girl vocals, they were bored and bold in equal measure, like Bad Moon Rising-era Sonic Youth. While the band still has a fondness for Sonic Youth-like epics on Borrowed Time (particularly on the gorgeous "Green Hands"), they move beyond the grungy sounds that have only gotten more popular since Pure and Disinterested's 2011 release. As on the Thorns EP, they've cleaned up their sound and done some trimming: Borrowed Time weighs in at nine tracks, none of which are as claustrophobically dense as those on their debut. However, this focus makes the vistas Far Out Fangtooth explores even more vast and hypnotic; it's immediately noticeable how much bigger, and more psychedelic, the album-opener "Bow Your Head" sounds with the space surrounding its serpentine guitar riff and distant vocals. The band also expands its musical range, borrowing from glossy post-punk on "Mother Nature Fetish," melding stoner rock and shoegaze on "Beyond Your Bones," and exploding in metal-like fury on "Admit It." Still, some of Borrowed Time's best moments occur when Far Out Fangtooth gets radically simple: the ominous garage love song "Girl (Like You)" -- which includes the memorable lyric "these tears won't shed themselves" -- and "Get Around," which rivals the Stooges in its brilliant stupidity and pounding pianos, are equal and opposite reactions to the elaborate sonics they craft elsewhere. This kind of range and balance reflects how much Far Out Fangtooth have grown into their sound and capabilities since the Pure and Disinterested days, and what an impressive leap forward Borrowed Time is for them.

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