Witch Hazel

It's All True

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A dreamy, earthy sleepwalk through Brian Wilson's sandbox, It's All True is like a lost Crosby, Stills & Nash album if it were co-produced by Phil Spector and Van Dyke Parks. Shimmering and earthy at the same time, this Kent, OH, band sounds oddly displaced in the Midwest (almost like a cross between fellow landlocked dreamers like His Name Is Alive and the rootsy Original Brothers and Sisters of Love). Tracks range from the lo-fi electro of "The Libertine Revisited" to the swelling orchestration of "Frank's Dream" with a common thread of earnestness holding them all together. Released by the psychedelic-oriented Camera Obscura label in 1998, this EP is disappointingly brief but definitely warrants multiple listens, if only to peel through each of the layers.

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