CD review/Show preview: Blind Man's Colour presents Wooden Blankets at a release show with Sons of Hippies this Friday

The opening track “Canoe Paddles,” sets the tone of the performed-from-underwater album with muffled vocals and sweeping shimmers of synthesizers set against minimal drum machine beats, the sounds of chirruping crickets and splashing water playing in the background. The lovely meandering of “Never Hope for Treasure” pairs dreamy, earnestly yearning vocals with watery warped keyboard notes and acoustic guitar. And “Sleeping Bag” closes the album with a bit of abstract bounce, fuzzy farts of noise, sci-fi sonics and a single verse, “It doesn’t even matter / Do you really think you’ll end up some place better?”

The EP sees comes out this Tuesday, February 23, but you can snag a copy earlier at the band’s Friday night show.


Blind Man’s Colour w/Sons of Hippies, Fri., Feb. 19, 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7 (ages 21 and up).

was the hottest indie act to rise from the local music scene in 2009. In a matter of few months, the experimental psyche pop outfit fronted by young musicians Kyle Wyss and Orhan Chettri was recognized by Kanye West, featured on tastemaker blogs like Stereogum and Gorilla vs. Bear, and signed by Brooklyn indie label Kanine Records (Surfer Blood, Grizzly Bear), which re-released their debut, Season Dreaming, in August. A mere six months later, BMC returns with the Wooden Blankets EP.

The six tracks on Blankets were created around the same time as those on Dreaming. The difference is that Blankets was recorded entirely on a 4-track, its synths and beats taken from ’90s-era beginner keyboards. The result is that the band’s blend of folk, ‘60s pop, psych drone and abstract lo-fi electronica take on a hazier ambiance and their surreal experimentations bring them closer to sounding like the band they are compared to most often — Animal Collective.

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