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Free Music Monday: Teen "Ambient"

By February 5, 2013

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Artist: Teen
Track: "Ambient"
From: B-side
Label: Carpark

Queens' Teen introduced themselves last year with a debut LP, In Limbo, that instantly established them as one of 2012's best new bands. Their name seemed to suggest a budding girl-group, but their Sonic Boom-produced disc was, instead, unexpectedly psychedelic and bracing, and remixes by Dan Deacon and Peaking Lights pushed them farther away from pop.

Now, the just-turned-loose offcut "Ambient" —named with at least some degree of fuctionality— finds them at their most exploratory and improvised, stretching out with a take on post-shoegazey psychedelia that reminds me of bands like Amp, Crescent, Transient Waves, and even Flying Saucer Attack, all of whom put out strange, repetitive, droney records in the '90s.

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