ASTEROID NO.4, THE: “Ticking Tome Bomb” b/w “Broken Moon”: 7”

Two fuzz treats with harmonies and organ riffs reminiscent of later pop psych when meringue ran over the edge of the plate. LSD vocals float along without taking itself too seriously. The bass fuzz in “Ticking Time Bomb” is massive and catchy. The song doesn’t rely on catchiness; it has a handle on the waviness some people call “atmosphere” when a band is bad. “Broken Moon” has a bit of shoegazer in it. I’m not versed in shoegaze much, but I do like the song. If you ride the psych/shoegaze line, it’s a good record. –Billups Allen (13 O’Clock)