Deep Time (Hardly Art)
Reviewed by Austin Powell, Fri., July 13, 2012
Deep Time(Hardly Art)
If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then change your name. That's been the strategy thus far for guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Jennifer Moore and drummer Adam Jones, formerly known as Yellow Fever, which issued a chronological cull on the Vivian Girls' Wild World label in early 2010 before starting over on Sub Pop's Hardly Art. The Austin duo's proper debut still has a few holdovers, bookended by standouts from its Bermuda Triangle tour EP: the stellar title track and a cover of Horse + Donkey's "Horse." Early highlights "Sgt. Sierra" and "Coleman" establish Deep Time's idiosyncratic girl-group pop, the former with Young Marble Giants minimalism and the latter with the Velvet Underground's linear pulsing, but both lilted with Moore's wordless refrains and Jones' light-footed percussion. There's a clear progression here, notably in the inverted surf of "Clouds," the perfect plea "Homebody," and moody "Marathon," that's even more efficient and full-bodied than previous efforts. Deep Time has finally arrived.