Review: Lichens – The Psychic Nature of Being

Originally published in Punk Planet May/June 2006

A three-song set of haunted acoustic skeletons and dreamy, mid-fi synth-drones from Robert Lowe of 90 Day Men and Touch and Go critical darlings TV On The Radio. Lowe’s spare guitar patterns can feel Faheyesque but the record’s most captivating and engrossing moments belong to its pulsing Minimalist landscapes and vaguely menacing collection of found sounds. In the closing moments of “You Are Excrement, You Can Turn Yourself Into Gold,” as the world fades to a fuzzy background, even the cling and clatter of a hollow bell disarms you.

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