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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

LIARS - "Liars" 80%

LIARS have just released their fourth full length on Mute Records, a self-titled transitionary record that perfectly blends the varying directions of the first three albums to create a solid, dirty psych-rock opus.

The lead-off track (and first single) 'Plaster Casts of Everything' pulls you in right away, a driving horror-show anthem of desperate love. "I wanna run away, I wanna bring you too"...this is like Bonnie & Clyde via David Lynch. 'Houseclouds' comes damn close to sounding like a Beck song with its funky backbeat and high-pitched chorus. 'What Would They Know' is a favorite of mine, calling to mind acid-tinged surf rock of the 60's. 'Cycle Time' is like Led Zeppelin on crack. But the most notable influence comes on the back to back tracks 'Freak Out' and 'Pure Unevil', an unmistakable ode to The Jesus & Mary Chain.

I love the direction Liars are heading in. It's almost like they've been spending a lot of time listening to the Nuggets compilations and watching acid films of the late 60's/early 70's like The Trip or Psych-Out.

Check out the terrifying video for 'Plaster Casts of Everything', featuring Karen O in what could have been a scene from the David Lynch film Lost Highway.

Liars - Plaster Casts of Everything (music video)

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