Allah-LasAlbum | Allah-Las By Stewart Mason
Record store clerks rifle the garage-psych section.
The four members of Allah-Las first met when they were working at Amoeba Records, and if you know your west coast record stores, that tells you pretty much all you need to know about their musical focus. Equally obsessed by both the first wave of L.A. garage-jangle bands from the mid-'60s and the early '80s Paisley Underground scene that worshipped those psychedelic forebears, their debut album is awash in shimmering guitars, maracas, reverb and the diffident vocals of period-specific lead singer Miles Michaud. A sense of minor-key melancholy permeates these twelve songs; even the instrumentals "Sacred Sands" and "Ela Navega" sound downbeat. But songs like "Tell Me (What's On Your Mind)" and "Don't You Forget It" brim with enough melodic smarts to keep these youngsters from being just another batch of Byrds and Love imitators.
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