Crevice

Crevice

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Crevice's self-titled debut consists of one 70-minute, untitled track, seamlessly shifting from one slice of strangeness to another. Maybe it was all one take, maybe a series of fragments or performances edited together, but the end result is good stuff indeed. The sonic roots of the band unsurprisingly owe a lot to its Texas background -- that a lineage including the 13th Floor Elevators and the Butthole Surfers could produce this isn't surprising at all. But a more accurate link might be to adventuresome Lone Star types like Stars of the Lid, or even England's Main -- Crevice have something of those bands' mysterious ambience as much as it does lysergic fuzztones and found-sound oddness. The studio is clearly as much an instrument as anything else, with moody, haunting drones echoing off into the distance and other downright serene elements cropping up more than once. There's also a hearty and happy sense of humor at play throughout, which certainly helps with the Surfers comparisons. Besides the mysterious sample at the beginning talking about "psychedelic music," there's an insane bit about halfway in from a children's recording. It features a female voice narrating a kid's story with the common "When you hear the sound, turn the page" hook. Said sound, however, is a huge, noisy squall of echo and feedback -- and as the story about animals demanding food from Farmer Jones gets progressively more freaked out and cut up, the result is truly astonishing. Other amusing moments include the layering of a series of classic video game noises through a murky mix of echo and meditation, and after a concluding two-minute silence, one last bizarre dialogue snippet.