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WREN KITZ – FOR EVELYN

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For Evelyn (out on Section Sign Records) is the debut LP from Burlington, VT’s Wren Kitz, and the follow up to his debut(?) solo effort, CHURNIN, released last year on Hidden Temple Tapes. The album finds Kitz honing a style of folky psychedelic rock that invokes both the more intimate releases of Kurt Vile – think God Is Saying This To You… – and private press psych rock records from the 70s – like Dave Bixy without the downer vibes. Both of these elements are aided by the warm, hazy production and give the impression of unearthing a lost relic of an earlier age. Tape manipulation and lo-fi fuzz scuff up the edges, aiding the sense of interiority on For Evelyn and exuding an atmosphere of diaristic scrawlings and overheard conversations. The rocking psych gains most of its strength through these embellishments, most notably on a track like “Woodshedding” and “Canyon” where the song becomes an outgrowth of the sonic experimentation. Recommended.

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