Crystalized Movements

Revelations From Pandemonium

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The final album by Boston's Crystalized Movements is the culmination of the group's psych-prog-garage-space aesthetic. From the rocking instrumental opener, "An Explanation," through the nine other pieces (ranging from a terse two minutes to an expansive ten and three-quarters), guitarists Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar, aided by the rhythm section of bassist Scott McLeod and drummer Teri Morris, add an unexpectedly poppy element to their neo-psych style. The songs are more concise and melodic than they had been on previous Crystalized Movements albums, with the almost power pop "August Arising" a clear standout in this new style. Rogers' vocals remain largely buried in the overdubbed and heavily processed guitars, but he and Biggar are such unique and inventive guitarists that this isn't a problem. Revelations From Pandemonium finds Crystalized Movements almost inching toward the mainstream. That's not to say that the album sounds like Oasis, but it does bear a certain pleasant resemblance to mid-period Yo La Tengo, especially on the squalling guitars and hypnotic drums midsection of "Good Evening Silence." The group split up after this album, with Rogers and Biggar forming Magic Hour with ex-Galaxie 500 rhythm section Damon & Naomi.

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