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This week, we review Luce, Thee Oh Sees, Ovipositor, and Otto Mobile and the Moaners.

Luce, Corner of the World

Luce makes lovely, delicate, subtle pop. With an overall feel that's dreamy and slightly wistful, Corner of the World is a gorgeous album. Occasional folksy touches add depth, but never overwhelm the airy mood, and lyrics that are sensitive without being emo add the perfect finishing touch to this remarkably well-executed release. (Opus Music Ventures)

Thee Oh Sees, Dog Poison

Listening to Thee Oh Sees is like falling asleep and waking up in the Sixties. Fuzzy, occasionally distorted, and often downright psychedelic, Dog Poison is a loving homage to California's hippie days. With a deliciously trippy vibe, eerily pretty vocal harmonies, and what may even be a Hammond organ, this album will take you right back, even if you weren't born till the Eighties. (Captured Tracks)

Ovipositor, Oakland Minor

Loud, dissonant, and yet surprisingly groove-focused, Ovipositor bears a distinct family resemblance to drone/noise monsters like Boris. There's no attempt to be trendy or commercially appealing here. With an excellent rhythm section, a skilled guitarist, and snarling, nasty vocals, the band is impressive. Solid from start to finish, dark and compelling, Oakland Minor is a nearly perfect rock album. (Arbeit Macht Dinge Records)

Otto Mobile and the Moaners, The Lost Songs of Otto Mobile

Supposedly inspired by a dream visit from singer Matt Lundquist's great-great-grand-uncle Otto, this rollicking tribute to the old days is classic Americana. Boozy, twangy, and often rather funny — this is what country sounded like before it went pop, when it still had the blues. (Brave Scarecrow Records)


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