Following a band's arc over a long period of time can yield surprising results, especially when the band in question is Wet Hair. Rising out of the dissolution of the still under-sung Raccoo-oo-oon, Shawn Reed began the band with humble beginnings on tapes put out by his own Night People label and since those noisy, lo-fi beginnings the band has evolved into a pop underdog I'd never have imagined possible. Following on splits with Rene Hell, Naked on the Vague, Peaking Lights and the band's own Ryan Garbes; they shifted from more abstract directions into the focused yet shambolic psychedelic form that rode its way through last year's In Vogue Spirit on De Stijl. That album's follow-up (also for De Stijl) has arrived and, though still riding the cloud of psychedelic pop, there's a new rhythmic intensity that's shaped the band into a shining new form. That change is thanks in most part to new bassist Justin Tye who's stepped in after the exit of Matt Fenner, who'd been holding down things previously. The new sound is lacquered with haze; Reed's voice familiarly obscured by an eight-ton layer of reverb, but cut deep into muscled bass and loose, splashed drumming and vivid swirls of keys that punch through that haze like a beacon. Spill Into Atmosphere is worlds away from those first tapes, but its the sound of a band finding footing, then jumping off into the deep end of the pool and making a splash as big as possible.
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