Clock-stopping, pulse-raising mega-pop

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The High Water Marks – Songs About The Ocean

The sound of sherbert and acid fizzing in tandem drives this monumental example of NYC psych-pop. Helmed by the writing, guitar and vocal skills of Hilarie Sidney (from Apples In Stereo) and Norwegian Per Ole Bratset (from Palermo), the 13 cuts here are so vivid they give off an aura comparable to the Velvets. The Marks are not really generic power-pop, nor are they atypically East Coast. The best songs, like “Queen Of Verlaine” and “National Time”, have total integrity?even their thrashes ooze melodic class.