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UUVVWWZ

Author: dryvetyme
06/23/2009 | Dryvetymeonlyne.com | www.dryvetymeonlyne.com | Album Review
I can definitely appreciate the efforts of bands to explore the edges of pop and rock. There are instances when the lines between genres need to be blurred and when commonly utilized time signatures, tempos, and songwriting methodologies need to lain aside for newer ones. Even if a group is blatantly aping its affection for Zappa-esque weirdness or it's just being intentionally contrary, I want my ears and brain to be challenged to step outside their normal confines, to feel free to explore an undiscovered country.

Thus, I was glad to be introduced to the music of UUVVWWZ, a moniker that refers to how the band normally builds its songs. On its self-titled debut full-length, the quartet channels ample portions of Deerhoof-styled jazz-pop alongside avant-garde jam band inclinations to create some truly left-of-center indiefied art-rock. Lyrical oddities abound, including odes to blackberries (the fruit, not the technological device, I think), suits made from the teeth of sharks, and shirt sleeves bearing green stars.

Four shorter pop tracks are pared with five more expansive, experimental selections. Spazzy, catchy riffs form the backbone of the former, while the latter typically start softly before building to a rousing conclusion. Personally, I greatly prefer songs like "Shark Suit," "Jap Dad," and "Trapezeus" as their garage rock tendencies provide more focus to UUVVWWZ's aesthetic. On the flip side, cuts like "Neolaņo" and "The Sun" are unfortunately prone to losing their way amidst an ambitious sonic maze of arty bluster and bloated song construction.

Suffice to say, UUVVWWZ is definitely an acquired taste, one that calls for the listener to forget that meat-and-potatoes rock even exists. And while more music fans would do well to engage in such an adventure, I don't find this group to be nearly as appealing as their fellow sonic experimenters. The curious amongst you would do well to first engage the music of the aforementioned Deerhoof, along with that of Carla Bozulich and Nels Cline, to gain a firmer grasp upon what this band is concocting. If you're going to start straying too far from home, you might want to bring along a map.
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