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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wet Dreams: Here Come the Wet Dreams 7-inch EP

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It took Die Slaughterhaus seven years to get off its ass and release this long-forgotten EP from the Wet Dreams. The occasional trio featured Deerhunter's Bradford Cox (drums/vocals), Golden Triangle's Alix Brown (bass/vocals) and Tabitha's Julie Elledge (guitar/vocals) concocting sultry, fuzzed-out pop wrapped in ghostly delay. Each song is a catchy hybrid of new wave and avant-garage rock vampirism. “Circuit Breaker” breaks the weirdo sci-fi pop of the B-52's, circa “Rock Lobsters,” down to a primitive plod. “Teenage Dream” pillages Kinks' riffs and marries them to a patchwork of punchy, honey sweet melodies. “Crybaby” is a girl-group rocker imbued with bratty punk jeers, while “The Outskirts” is a space-junk nod to the Fall. Seven years after the fact, each number is a solid pop ditty, well-aged and well worth the wait — even if you weren't waiting. (Die Slaughterhaus) 4 stars out of 5

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