Album Review: Crushed Out – ‘Alien Ocean’

Album Review: Crushed Out – ‘Alien Ocean’

Crushed Out
Alien Ocean
(Cool Clear Water)

A proto-punk wife and husband duo, Frankie Sunswept and Moselle Spiller have poured out new tunes every couple of years since 2010, constantly evolving in their sound from fuzzed out to spaghetti western. Alien Ocean finds the pair soaking up analogue synth and surf rock influences to dispense a sonic wall of thick guitars and textured vocals that are part psyche-rock, part ambient alt-rock and wholly inspired and unassuming. While the dreamy moments and lap steel add greatly to the listen, the band also dabbles with rockabilly and doo-wop with much success, making this both one of the most varied and exceptional albums of 2016.

Purchase the album here.

4-stars

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