Pinebender Things Are About To Get Weird

With its swirling, repetitive figures, epic length and appropriately obscure title ("There's A Bag of Weights In the Back of My Car"), the opening track of Pinebender's debut might lull you into a false sense of post-rock security, but the remainder is experimentation with song form more than minimalist soundscapes. Although their sound places them unmistakably within the city limits of Chicago, Pinebender is more Red Red Meat than Bundy K. Brown, or perhaps another group of song dismantlers, Joan of Arc, with whom Pinebender Matt Clark also toils. Although things never really get weird enough to justify the title, Pinebender will take you on a head-trip well worth having flashbacks about. (Ohio Gold)