Space Needle

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If Jud Ehrbar's connections to Scarce or Varnaline imply intense university grunge or an alt-country lilt, Space Needle takes a different approach. The band creates sullen, mechanical Long Island space rock that's not afraid of small melodies or excursions into lo-fi chillout ambience. Which, using "Before I Lose My Style" as the strongest example, holds the band's idiosyncrasies and harsh arrangements together instead of watching them boringly spiral out like many of their contemporaries prefer to do. In other words, this is good folkish post-prog propped up with the sort of blood salt usually reserved for internment camps or less theatrical Godspeed You Black Emperor! records.

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