The joy for­mi­da­ble


Total Guitar - - ALBUMS -

Ritzy Bryan and co have clearly spent some time con­sid­er­ing the risks of lau­rel­rest­ing. As such, their fourth record es­chews their dream-pop-gone-alt-rock for­mula, tak­ing the dial marked ‘mad, psy­che­delic’ and crank­ing it five notches to the right. The Wrong Side wres­tles skit­tish Whammy-wran­glings into a march­ing rocker, while Ci­cada (Land Ony­our Back) melds sitar-sounds with grind­ing Muse-y grandeur and Dance Of The Lo­tus’s thun­der­ing pedal abuse re­calls Omar Rodriguez-lopez. It some­times feels a bit ‘kitchen sink’ in ap­proach – Ritzy’s ’board must be heav­ing – but joy­fully ex­per­i­men­tal and re­fresh­ing all the same.

Matt Parker

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