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Album Review: Gauntlet Hair - 'Gauntlet Hair'

A swirling headfuck of manic energy mixed with blissed-out melody

  • Release Date 17 Oct, 2011
  • Record Label Dead Oceans
  • Fact Andy and Craig, AKA Gauntlet Hair, have been making music since they were just 15
7 / 10
If we were Gauntlet Hair, we’d be pretty sick of people comparing us to Animal Collective by now. Does every new, interesting band really have to suffer that fate? Sure, GH singer Andy R sounds a touch like Avey Tare (then again, stick that much reverb on a vocal and so might Tom Waits), but it’s pretty obvious that this blogtastic Denver duo are way more in thrall to the West Coast than the East; Abe Vigoda, HEALTH and No Age’s noise-pop inform the best parts of this fine debut LP, rendering it a swirling headfuck of manic energy mixed with blissed-out melody. Also, any band that tells Pitchfork to “suck our medieval, hairy, wizard dicks” is more than alright by us.

Rob Webb

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