Boomkat Product Review:
Indian Jewelry, back for a second album proper, show up with a very mixed bag of fuzzy space-drone experiments, campfire song and nightmarish rhythms. There's a healthy amount of balance to the record even if you could never really describe it as coherent in any conventional sense. First track 'Swans' is like a glass of extra fiery ginger beer - the sort that's real tasty 'n' all, but could do with easing off on the heat a little bit so you could appreciate the full, spicy flavour (are you listening Marks & Spencer? I can take Fentiman's just fine, but you push the temperature up too far. Too far.) my point being that I can't quite focus on what's actually going on within 'Swans' because it's all so screwy in the mix. It verges on MV & EE circa Green Blues, but production quirks render the song slightly too obscured for its own good. Once you're tuned into this messy flood of noise and gaudy distortion 'Seasonal Economy' reveals itself as something of a highlight, only for a radical about-face on the Wooden Wand-like 'Pompeii' to manifest an altogether clearer version of Indian Jewelry song craft, setting wailing electric leads against strummy, feelgood acoustic rhythms, with plenty of weird, '70s vocal echo. Not quite pop music, not quite all-out nutzoid psych, it's the betweenness of "Free Gold!" that makes it as crazy as it is. Still, enough good stuff going on here to warrant more playbacks and some further investigation.