Tetrezene What Once Was

Spacy, atmospheric, trippy; this would be the soundtrack of the season for your nights spent in with a bag of something green and leafy. They ease you into things with the epic length 24-minute instrumental piece, "Birth and Tragedy.” If there was ever a song to accompany the scene of some psychedelic, ’60s hipster party scene, this might do it. As the lengthy piece progresses, you get the sense this is somewhat of a concept record, although I’m not entirely sure what the concept would be. It plays out like a contemporary indie rock version of Pink Floyd, with a few more audio oddities and fewer vocals. Trippy, drugged-out bass and fuzzy horn samples dot the compositions, while the vocals — when they’re there at all — are mostly a whisper. After several of the longer (14- to 23-minute) tunes, I was getting a strong improv, free-form vibe from these kids, with much of their songs being a couple notes that plod along, leaving the interest to lie in the way all the sounds build on each other rather than actual song structures. And just when I thought I had them figured out, they went and threw a surf guitar in "Song for Ernie,” leaving me even more confused about the whole direction of things here. Whatever their direction, it is one that could no doubt inspire a green-cloud vision or two. (New Glue)