Dixie's Death Pool Twilight, Sound Mountain

Dixie's Death Pool Twilight, Sound Mountain
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It's always fascinating when an experimental sound is couched in a more standard song format: Which formulas are going to be followed, and which rules are going to get chucked? In the case of Twilight, Sound Mountain by Dixie's Death Pool, there's a different answer for each track.
 
The opening bluesy-jazzy track, for example, is played so straight that it's damn strange in itself. At the other end of the scale, "Some Kind of Desolation" consists of skittering field recordings with snatches of actual music and voice. Most of the album falls in between, of course, with tracks like "Heavy Metal Sunset" featuring a confused-sounding singer (band leader Lee Hutzulak) wallowing in waves of alternating synth strings and noisy distortion.
 
For fans of Dixie's Death Pool, be assured that this is as frenetic, cerebral, dreamy and weird as you've come to expect from the group. For the uninitiated, this may be a good gateway to the avant-garde — Hutzulak and company make it accessible and fun. (Leisure Thief)