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  • Includes liner notes by Nick Saloman.
  • Nick Saloman--aka the Bevis Frond--is to the '60s what J. Mascis is to the '70s. While cut from the DIY cloth of the '80s underground, he breaks with his more punk-inspired contemporaries by embracing--quite unrepentantly--the seven-minute, fuzzed-out indulgences of the era's paisley-clad guitar gods. His finest hour, TRIPTYCH, remains one of indie rock's recorded peaks long after its 1988 release. With a masterful latticework of wah-wah-soaked guitar lines and pulsing farfisa drones enveloping the catchiest set of brown-acid whimsy this side of Syd Barrett, TRIPTYCH is the rare neo-psych masterpiece: simultaneously retro, of its day, and timelessly resonant. "Tangerine Infringement Beak" recalls Hendrix's epic "Third Stone From the Sun" in its gloriously unhinged lysergy, while classics such as "Lights Are Changing" and "Old Man Blank" reveal Saloman's exquisite gifts with a more concise, indie pop song. The appearance of Saloman's mum singing on the closer, a rave-up cover of "Hey Joe," reminds listeners of TRIPTYCH's most surprising aspect: this guitar monster was recorded on a 4-track at his home.
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