June 16, 2010

BROKEN WATER - "Whet" Cassette tape (Night People)


  Olympia's Broken Water consists of former members of the short-lived Sisters and also Congradulations.Their newest album,Whet is a deep and affectionate batch of songs,that seem to be influenced as much by Seattle's musical history as they are it's damp,mountain air charm.Fuzzy guitars swirl around like a dense wind,washing away into thick distorted riffs.There's some nice boy/girl vocal pairing happening at times,and their breathy,heartfelt harmonies fit into this stuff pretty well.There are more than a few different elements here,and not one of them seems to be forced or contrived.This definitely has an early 90's jangly indie-pop feel to it,and even a bit more of dare i say,a killer grunge quality?Only in the sense that the music goes from somber acoustic calmness to sonic psychedelic heaviness quite often.I hear a bit of Unwound,Versus,and Sonic Youth tactics every so often.A nice little tape from a hopeful young band.Into it.

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