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Now We Are Free In their own heads, Hous­ton fourpiece In­dian Jew­elry are a pop band; but they could only pass for such in a sur­real world where drone rock tops the charts. There’s not a sniff of sac­cha­rine cliches or ra­dio-friendly com­mer­cial­ism, but much to ad­mire about their char­coal shoegaze. Breeze blocks of gui­tar are reg­u­larly dropped on the lis­tener, only to be fin­ished off with a feed­back kick in the head. Nods to the past go as far back as the orig­i­nal drone stomp­ing ground of the 1970s (Pom­peii), and the in­dus­trial noise of 1990s Min­istry spin-offs Lead Into Gold (Tem­po­rary Famine Ships). Con­torted walls of sound pay off in spite of their chaotic struc­ture, but some­times In­dian Jew­elry deafen and de­feat the lis­tener. Mostly though, th­ese ex­per­i­men­tal noise arcs drill a lit­tle hole in your heart and stay there. www.nowweare­

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