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Free Music Monday: Thee Oh Sees "Minotaur"

By February 18, 2013

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Artist: Thee Oh Sees
Track: "Minotaur"
From: Floating Coffin LP
Label: Castle Face
Released: April 16, 2013

As I so sagely typed in this award-winning Coachella 2013 picks list, Thee Oh Sees have a new album coming out, but, then again, they always have a new album coming out.

Floating Coffin follows five-minutes-ago's Putrifiers II, and marks the tenth or 13th or like 200th Thee Oh Sees album, depending on how you're scoring at home. First single "Minotaur" may or may not be indicative of what's on the rest of the record, but certainly finds the band at their most reserved.

It's a piece of paisley psychedelia, making languid and sweet where the band is often frenetic and boisterous. Here, John Dwyer comes as close to crooning as he ever will. Or, okay, maybe just barks slower and softer; even if the lyrics ("I get sick at my work every day/there is no cure but to stay away") are just as snarlin'. Brigid Dawson sings pretty, drifting harmonies, and that sounds for real like a actual viola/cello scraping away, too. Photo Jean-Baptiste Tussaint

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