Album Review: Frog Eyes - 'Paul's Tomb: A Triumph' (Dead Oceans)

A furiously lobbed Molotov cocktail of well-read rock

Unlike the last simpering effort by his Canuck collective Swan Lake, Carey Mercer’s fifth album as Frog Eyes is a furiously lobbed Molotov cocktail of well-read rock – a volatile brew of uneasy drama and emotion from a band that, on this showing, should always record live. To partner the earnest and psych-gothic style in which Carey writes, Frog Eyes deliver the only noise acceptable: howling voices, waves of super-fuzz, swirling riffs that are always tantalisingly out of grasp and the wild guttural sound of Tom Waits, Scott Walker or The National when they still had a pair.

Chris Parkin

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8 / 10

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