WOODEN WIVES / LEE HARVEY OSWALDS: Together We Make Sense of Life: Split: Cassette

I imagine that this strange split by these slight, oddball garage pop bands is intentionally challenging. Lee Harvey Oswalds are more accessible than Wooden Wives. Both bands are interesting on an intellectual level, but not loose enough to get lost in. Hamburger Tapes is a high quality label, with all of its releases worth giving a shot. An odd psychedelic forced-retro tone undercuts both groups, although it’s an unimposing release overall. Are un-crunchy dudes playing crunchy music automatically up to something dubious? That question has been debated since Ancient Greece, yet no one knows the answer.

 –Art Ettinger (Hamburger, hamburgertapes.tumblr.com)