Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Laminated Cat releases new album

Apples leader, Robert Schneider, calls Athens, GA band, Laminated Cat, “the best young psychedelic band in years.”

The second release for Schneider and family’s new Garden Gate label features cover art by Hart and Doss of Olivia Tremor Control.

[MP3] Laminated Cat - “Aquamarine”:

Umbrella Weather: Ornate psychedelia pours from the loudspeakers, ranging from delicate to druggy. Acoustic guitars give way to flourishes of orchestrated static. Fuzz pedals filter exotic riffs. A ghostly voice conjures dreams in pop song format. One experimental composer, one multi-instrumentalist, and two identical twins add up to layers of epic, psychedelic bliss.

While we are engaged in numerology, let us note that no member was over 21 as of the recording of the album. Singer/guitarist Tanner Smith graduated with a degree in experimental composition. Smith’s younger brothers, twins Camden and Cooper, play drums and bass like a steam-powered ocean liner. Singer/multi-instrumentalist AJ Griffin’s songs lean more toward Americana than Smith’s—plaintive, yearning, soaked in layers of soulful psychedelia.

Umbrella Weather is the second release on Garden Gate, the psychedelic label operated by brother-sister team Craig Morris and Marci Schneider, wife of Robert Schneider, with input from the Apples (in stereo) leader. The album features cover art by W. Cullen Hart and Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control) and was engineered by Craig Morris in the Garden Gate studio, where much of the gear is hand-built by Morris himself.

artist: Laminated Cat
title: Umbrella Weather
label: Garden Gate Records
release: available now

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