May 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: 1, 2, 3 – Big Weather

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1, 2, 3
Big Weather
American Hermitage
Street: 05.27
1, 2, 3 = The Drums + Tame Impala
 
Inspired by the Tohoku tsunami in Japan, Big Weather is a 20-song concept album about natural disasters. Capitalizing on the theme of water, 1, 2, 3 use surf rock as their base, then add layers of psych and vinyl. By eliminating synth sounds that would typically be found in psych rock, a more intimate, stripped sound is created. “Waiting for the Horseman” samples a classical piece of composition, while “Refusal Bop” and “Shapes of Wrath” feature well -put-together vocal harmonies. Each song on Big Weather brings a new element that gives 1, 2, 3’s musicianship range and cleverness. –Kia McGinnis.
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