TICONDEROGA: Self-titled: CD

, Atmospheric rock from this three-piece from Raleigh, North Carolina. Hard to tell who plays what since they all switch off on instruments—one dude even plays a contrabass,which I’m sure sounds pretty wild. With this outfit, it feels like the mood is key. “A Welt” and “Arrowhead” are especially rocking tracks. For some reason, one track brought up creepy images of Jeffrey Dahmer, but I can move past that..The For Carnation and Slint come to mind at some points on this disc, but Ticonderoga actually mines their own sound on this debut. Ticonderoga sometimes sounds quiet and sad at the same moment. Sometimes that’s just in one chorus.

 –koepenick (Fifty Four Forty Or Fight)