LOVE TAN: Self-titled: 7”

I’m speechless at how kick ass this Love Tan record is. It ranges from cacophonous and absurd (“This Land Is No Good”) to brilliant lo-fi rocker (“Brush Your Teeth”) to strange, electro performance art soundtrack (“Berlin Rumble Part 1”)…and that’s just the first side! Side two includes two of the best songs I’ve heard in the past couple of years. “Horse” is clearly the anti-hit, a dark, drugged-out, overcast tune with brief flashes of brilliant electric Albini guitar freak out and weird, impenetrable lyrics. “Ring Ring” closes the record with a lolling, bizarre vocal delivery and the best guitar riff you’ll hear all year. This record is all over the place stylistically, yet manages to remain cohesive in its sound. Definitely one of the top 5 7”es released in ‘08.

 –benke (Sweet Rot)