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Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005

LISTENING POST: CD REVIEWS

The Double: "Loose in the Air"


Positioned somewhere between the noise rock of Black Dice and the more accessible psychedelia of Animal Logic, fellow Brooklynites The Double use distortion, analog effects and explosions of pure feeling to mess around with classic pop.

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This makes them heirs to early experimentalists like The Zombies and Syd Barrett, and "Loose in the Air" is almost old-fashioned in its ambition to surprise. If you take Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City" and apply the debilitating heat and humidity implicit in the title to the music itself, you get a good idea of what the song "Hot Air" sounds like. Vocalist David Greenhill is a physical singer in that he often sounds tired, in pain, or hungry, while guitarist Donald Beaman occasionally detours from a song's melodic path into dark forests of fear and loathing.

The results are as melancholic as they are disorienting, but since the songs are about things like fruit and the weather, The Double aren't trying to challenge you emotionally. They simply want to blow your mind -- and they succeed.



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