50 Unheralded Albums from 2011

The Psychic Paramount: IIThe Psychic ParamountII (No Quarter, 2/22/11)

The Psychic Paramount: “RW”

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Though relatively silent for the past six years, New York noise-rock trio The Psychic Paramount returned in February to release its first full-length since 2005. Effected guitar loops, devastating low-end grooves, and bashing rhythms again form the core of the band’s sound, but II is a direct yet dynamic rock explosion.

Between the guitar, the cymbals, and the effects, the mid-range gets a constant workout. Those who are turned off by this kind of music may find it to be an exercise in patience, but the lengthier durations are a testament to the trio’s skills at climax and denouement.

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