Thee Oh Sees
Putrifiers II - IN THE RED
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Erin Hall on September 10, 2012
Less than a decade into making music together, the members of Thee Oh Sees have put out a staggering 14 albums. 2011 saw two stellar releases and just nine months later, here they come again with Putrifiers II, a left-turn from the direction of last year’s discs. A bit less slapdash punk and more laid-back vintage California sound, it feels like the wooziest acid-fueled daydreams of Brian Wilson. Fuzzy noodling and clear-as-a-bell falsetto-range vocals spark bopping heads on “Hang a Picture” and “Flood’s New Light.” The title track clocks in over six minutes and, while equally spacey, is considerably darker and sludgier than the rest of the record. The gnarly guitars bolstering honey-drenched female vocals make “Lupine Dominus” a definite standout. As Putrifiers II comes to a close with the cheery “Wicked Park,” we’re left to wonder where Thee Oh Sees will take us next. Frankly, I don’t care. Just count me in.