High Road/Low Road

On "Fight," a track on the High Road portion of Fremont resident Marty Anderson's new two-disc opus, the lo-fi wunderkind sums up his approach: You don't have to go far/If you're already where you are. This is like nothing you've ever heard before, which is both the good news and the bad news. Anderson has an androgynous, cartoon-like voice you'll either love or hate, and while he does his best to give each song a unique flavor, almost every tune follows the same basic formula: a single-line introduction that repeats over and over, and an answering line that might be called a chorus, also repeated over and over. Sonically, think Phil Spector in a garage with a limited budget and lots of time on his hands: Each track starts slowly and builds to an often noisy climax, mixing acoustic and electric guitars, kazoo, celesta, nature sounds, and random noise into a cacophony that is both exciting and exhausting. If you like ragged psychedelic folk-rock nightmares served up on a platter of inventive noise, dig right in.


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