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Bethany Curve|Flaxen

Flaxen

Bethany Curve

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Southern California's Bethany Curve have always shown promise as post-rock experimentalists. Still, the definable content of 2001's You Brought Us Here was almost completely obscured by an impenetrable fog of guitar effects. That overstatement has been mostly remedied for Flaxen, which applies the dream pop aesthetic to stronger songcraft. Vocalist/guitarist Richard Millang guides "Sleep" with his simplistic moan -- his words don't matter as much as the dour sense of detachment they sketch out. Things are more upbeat during "The Means," which cranks up a decent impersonation of Storm in Heaven-era Verve while soaking everything in sight with a reverb water cannon. Flaxen is strongest during instrumentals like "Omaha Beach," when the band doesn't seem as concerned with formula, and can instead apply its compositional skills to subtly sequencing the randomness of ambient texture.
© Johnny Loftus /TiVo

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The Automatic
00:06:39

Bethany Curve, MainArtist - Nathan Guevara, Composer - Richard Millang, Composer - David Mac Wha, Composer

2004 Kitchen Whore Records 2004 Kitchen Whore Records

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Jettison
00:04:31

Bethany Curve, MainArtist - Nathan Guevara, Composer - Richard Millang, Composer - David Mac Wha, Composer

2004 Kitchen Whore Records 2004 Kitchen Whore Records

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Omaha Beach
00:03:49

Bethany Curve, MainArtist - Nathan Guevara, Composer - Richard Millang, Composer - David Mac Wha, Composer

2004 Kitchen Whore Records 2004 Kitchen Whore Records

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Sleep
00:05:04

Bethany Curve, MainArtist - Nathan Guevara, Composer - Richard Millang, Composer - David Mac Wha, Composer

2004 Kitchen Whore Records 2004 Kitchen Whore Records

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The Means
00:03:45

Bethany Curve, MainArtist - Nathan Guevara, Composer - Richard Millang, Composer - David Mac Wha, Composer

2004 Kitchen Whore Records 2004 Kitchen Whore Records

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Utah Beach
00:02:10

Bethany Curve, MainArtist - Nathan Guevara, Composer - Richard Millang, Composer - David Mac Wha, Composer

2004 Kitchen Whore Records 2004 Kitchen Whore Records

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Southern California's Bethany Curve have always shown promise as post-rock experimentalists. Still, the definable content of 2001's You Brought Us Here was almost completely obscured by an impenetrable fog of guitar effects. That overstatement has been mostly remedied for Flaxen, which applies the dream pop aesthetic to stronger songcraft. Vocalist/guitarist Richard Millang guides "Sleep" with his simplistic moan -- his words don't matter as much as the dour sense of detachment they sketch out. Things are more upbeat during "The Means," which cranks up a decent impersonation of Storm in Heaven-era Verve while soaking everything in sight with a reverb water cannon. Flaxen is strongest during instrumentals like "Omaha Beach," when the band doesn't seem as concerned with formula, and can instead apply its compositional skills to subtly sequencing the randomness of ambient texture.
© Johnny Loftus /TiVo

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