Purling Hiss – Water On Mars

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It took us a while to get to Water On Mars (it was out in March), but we’re loath to leave the red planet, now that we’ve settled in.

There’s plenty of Thee Oh Sees-style grit here, and it’s typically embedded in the sort of rock riff that’d make you groan if it wasn’t so well executed. Influences run from the obvious—Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh—to the not-so-obvious: Stone Temple Pilots, Weezer, Sloan. Purling Hiss aren’t shy about channeling alternative rock’s formative years, and like last year’s Spiritualized album, they nail every style they tackle, from waves of ballistic noise, to pastoral strumming and trippy stoner jams (“Everybody’s steppin’ on my shoes!”).

A start-to-finish listen is definitely no chore, with this one. Check out “Mercury Retrograde” below.

-Scott Bryson

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