Old Baby: Love Hangover
(Karate Body, 8/6/13)
"Into the Earth"
Old Baby guitarist Evan Patterson seems to have learned a thing or two from his time with Young Widows, whose heaving rhythms and reverberated tones have made their way into Love Hangover.
The difference? There are plenty (in addition to having members of Slint, Shipping News, and Phantom Family Halo), but the most notable is the psych-rock swagger in lead single “Into the Earth” as well as throughout the rest of the record. There’s also the vocals of Jonathan Glen Wood, whose folksy baritone has a soulful tinge that contrasts the darker, noisier passages. These elements alone make for an album that sounds great either at a low buzz on cheap speakers or blasted through a hi-fi system.