A reckless collision of progadelic electronic pop and abrasive noise with nods to minimalism, Gary War pounds out music that is at once expansive and gritty. Under The Radar says of his 2010 EP Police Water (Sacred Bones), "War could be singing about his Christmas shopping list, but his tightly wound-up instruments beat you down and zone you out in equal turns."
The Mountain Movers
Watching the Mountain Movers progression over the course of the past decade has truly been a treat. Their earliest beginnings saw the band documenting Dan Greene’s vast catalog of songs, while displaying a rotating cast of New Haven musicians’ unique skills. The band produced three albums and several singles of polished indie rock in this incarnation. However, their fourth album, 2010’s Apple Mountain, saw the band transition to stranger territory; home-recorded and employing an arsenal of miscellaneous instruments, the record bore a folk-psychedelic element not displayed on their previous work. Shortly after Apple Mountain, constant members Greene and Rick Omonte were joined by lead guitarist Kryssi Battalene and drummer Ross Menze to form, what is now, the bands longest running lineup. The band has since produced a series of singles, lathe-cuts, cassettes, and 2015’s Death Magic, an album that melded Greene’s song writing with the bands ability to stretch out and improvise. Now in 2016, Sunday Drive / No Plans gives the first glimpse into the Movers’ session at former drummer John Miller’s home studio. Two instrumental improvisations clocking in at just under 20 minutes that bring to mind names like Neu! and Ash Ra Tempel, as much as they do any number of American psychedelic acts of the 1960’s. A wonderful preview of what promises to be one of the most stunning albums of 2016.