Thursday, June 6, 2013

MILK MUSIC - CRUISE YOUR ILLUSION LP

MILK MUSIC - CRUISE YOUR ILLUSION LP (Fat Possum)
Milk Music are part of the huge current Olympia underground rock scene, that produces bands sounding like the history of music stopped sometime in the early 90s. Broken Water, Family Stoned, Weird TV, Son Skull and Milk Music have all a late 80s and early 90s SST indie vibe in common. But in contrast to Milk Music's earlier releases "Cruise Your Illusion" emamcipates them from being a complete Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth worship to a more varied, deeper and unique sound. They've developed a strong 60s rock influence in the vein of classic Neil Young records. Milk Music's tunes are focused on a excellent guitarwork including well done leads as well as plenty of blown out, but melodic solos. Of course Alex Coxen's highly charismatic vocals are another main secret of this record. The rythm section is pretty much stripped down to the essential, nevertheless it gives the songs a supportive driving groove. "Cruising With God" is the winner track here. An immediate, catchy as hell indie-popper underlayed with a warm guitar harmony, but the record as a whole is a total banger! (Listen to it here)