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Snake Oil- Self-Titled

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Snake Oil's debut LP is a pretty nice piece of instrumental psych rock. The recording of this this is really great, too. It separates the instrumentation perfectly, and swells very nicely when everything layers on top of one another. The melodies are decent, and the grooves are nice, but some of these tracks come off a little flat in the interplay department. At times, it can feel like the drums and everything else are in two completely different worlds. While the skins do their best to throw in fills and build up to certain moments, the guitars and keys tend to carry on like they're the only thing that matters in the mix, which only leads to them missing out on possible moments of syncopation.

There are a couple tracks that strike me as filler, but Snake Oil still pulled together a solid direction on their self-titled debut, and they're off to a great start with these 9 tracks.

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Hear Two More Snake Oil Tracks

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"No Feral Animal"

"Jung Greezy"

Connecticut's Snake Oil have dropped its self-titled debut in a self-released and self-produced fashion today, making the album available via digital and vinyl on the Snake Oil website. The band has been kind enough to allow TND to stream two more colorful and psychedelic instrumentals from the album, too.

It all started with "I Was a Total Pyro" and "Can of Love and the Captain," but these two tracks are cut from a much more laid back cloth. The guitar groove that lays over the fuzzy organs on "No Feral Animal" sound like ice cubes dropping on glass, and "Jung Greezy" makes me think of what might happen if the Books were forced to collaborate with Dumbo Gets Mad.

Scope the cover art to this album below, and let me know what you think of the songs above.