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Quick hits: Rachael

February 15, 2011

Polish garage rockers Rachael dropped onto my radar with their EP I Bet You Like Drugs Instead of Sex. Having left nicotine out of the named vices, they titled this EP Add a Little Bit of Tobacco. And just as it continues their penchant for vices in titles, it continues their garage rock sound.

But there’s a little bit more psych and stoner going on in their grungy sound this go-round. “Burn Slowly and See” is appropriately titled, as it does just that. It’s drum and bass heavy, resulting in a very low-slung, almost metal-esque track. “Grass” is a bit more on the paisley psychedelic side of things, which is an odd transfer. “Like a High” introduces some slap bass and a funky attitude to the proceedings, but spends most of its time in a space between the stoner rock and the woozy psych of the first two pieces.

The piece de resistance, though, is “Watchsick,” which takes the psych and stoner leanings and synthesizes them into something greater than the whole. The track grooves, but not in a dance-related way; it rocks, but not in an especially heavy way. It sets up a mood and just wears the heck out of it for four minutes. It’s easily the best track here, as it is Rachael at its most distinctive.

Psych/garage fans will find much to enjoy in Rachael, including the pricetag: free. Pick it up here.

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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