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The Fresh and Onlys

House of Spirits

Mexican Summer
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June 10, 2014

San Francisco's Fresh and Onlys have been pumping out melancholy garage rock since 2008. On their fifth LP, they explore noisier tendencies: "Bells of Paonia," a wistful highlight, is laden with shoegaze-y distortion. Lead singer Tim Cohen's voice has a tunelessness that can distract from the band's music at times, but when it works, it's just right. "Ballerina" drifts in languid sentiment like a twinkling boat through a summer night, with Cohen's elegant lyrics on full display: "Labor forth, my moon-eyed one/For answers that elude us on the wrong side of night." House of Spirits isn't exactly urgent, but there's pleasure in its slowness.

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