Album Review

Paint and Copter – “More Trial, Less Error” – [North Pole Records]

Max Level   6/13/2011   A Library, CD

Portland’s Paint and Copter spin out a slow-burning sort of psychedelia that is just different enough to be different. If you enjoy being enveloped in a warm, inviting fog this 7″ + CD will do the trick nicely. In some places, however, the thick layers of treated guitars, synths, and voices push the music toward an otherworldly, alien sort of vibe, which makes for a nice contrast–for example, the melting voice effect that drops in toward the end of #9 is freaky and great. Mae Starr (Rollerball, Moodring) adds vox and keyboards to a few tracks. Speaking of Rollerball, the band covers Rollerball’s “American Alcoholic” at a slowed-down tempo that I don’t think works as well as the original. Other than that, though, I like what these guys are up to, and I’ve been playing this one a lot. The full-length CD is available only as a download from our friends at North Pole.

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