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The Clap: Spider House 5  

Pretty Ambitious Records

There aren't many musical clichés heard throughout the Clap's Spider House 5 EP, making the band's woozy carnival of blown-speaker ambiance something of an anomaly. Descriptors like "psychedelic" and "garage" seem apt as the opening song, "Fake Out City," lays the groundwork for a gunked-up '60s pop love affair. But nostalgia isn't really a part of the Clap's experimental tendencies. Thee Oh Sees are an obvious touchstone for the jagged but elegant pop qualities of "Broken Ribs," "Goodwill TVs" and everything else on the disc, as each song is tied together by a bed of muffled hiss. The vocals are so densely layered that discerning any verbiage whatsoever is impossible. But that only adds to the music's abstract qualities, as the voice becomes another melodic device that makes the brain work a little harder to find meaning in the chaos, while getting lost in the ether along the way. (4 out of 5 stars)

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