The Fresh & Onlys

Psych Fest Record Reviews

The Fresh & Onlys

House of Spirits (Mexican Summer)

The Fresh & Onlys maintain a musically anomalous relationship to San Francisco garage-psych. Green valley guitar-sweeps and detailed narratives unfurled in a rich baritone by Tim Cohen fit more comfortably alongside the neo-psychedelic phylum of British New Wave than Thee Oh Sees. Accordingly, House of Spirits floats in dreamlike romanticism. The drumless "Bells of Paonia" pulsates on an insistent bassline wrapped in a cloud of electric fuzz. This broad, atmospheric backdrop transforms Cohen's longing lyric from torch to bonfire. "April Fools" jangles and jerks with the breathless naiveté of an unrequited lover, while "Ballerina" takes a moonlit detour into high western loneliness. Despite a handful of structurally underdeveloped songs like designated rock-driver "Hummingbird," compelling moments carry the day.

(Fri., 7:30pm, Elevation Amphitheatre)

***

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Top 10 Austin Albums of 2016
Top 10 Austin Albums of 2016
The Chronicle music staff picks their favorite local records

Greg Beets, Dec. 30, 2016

Top 10 National Albums of 2016
Top 10 National Albums of 2016
Our favorite picks from across the country

Neph Basedow, Dec. 30, 2016

More by Greg Beets
Critics Poll
Critics Poll

Dec. 30, 2016

Texas Platters
DD Dagger
The Lone Wolf Meets the Underdog (Record Review)

Dec. 23, 2016

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)