Boomkat Product Review:
Following a run of potently psychedelic offerings from the likes of C. Spencer Yeh, Hype Williams and Charlie Nothing, De Stijl Records ventures yet further into the outsider pop realm with a new album from Wet Hair. It's a leaner, more focussed effort than their last LP proper, the Not Not Fun-issued Glass Fountain, but it's still pretty murky, under-the-skin and righteously weird material. Apparently recorded after the band spent some time travelling the world "supporting the astral concepts of their music" (alright for some), the LP begins with 'Echo Lady' – billowing space-rock in the Moon Duo / Wooden Shjips / Holy Fuck style. ‘The Garden Room’’s oscillating alien synths and kitschy organ interplay are very much in the tradition of Stereolab, and ‘My Heart Is The Spider My Mind Is The Fly’ is the kind of pulsating woodland psych that Animal Collective used to make. Both ‘Liquid Jesus’ and ‘Fame Hate’ channel Spacemen 3 and early Spritiualized, the wilfully flat vocals adding a crucial extra dimension of wonkiness, and closer ‘Cosmic Radio’ sounds like Cluster if they’d spent the 60s noshing on ‘ludes in a London bedsit. Yeah, that good.