Gary War - Horribles Parade
This is an album you should probably have, and also you should listen to it more than five times before you pass and judgment. I feel like I am living in the future.
Highlights: No Payoff and Highspeed Drift
"When coming across projects like Gary War, there’s always a temptation to toss the record in the pile marked “bedroom psych” and let that be the end of it. To be sure, a good number of listeners have often lumped the New York–based act together with similar sounding operations. Ariel Pink comes up as a frequent and popular point of comparison. Blank Dogs provide another obvious touchstone, given the mysterious nature of each group’s initial work, the collaboration between the two, and Gary War’s affiliation with Captured Tracks, the label run by Blank Dogs’ Mike Sniper. Horribles Parade, however, establishes Gary War as a truly singular artist worthy of attention.
The follow-up to last year’s New Raytheonport and Gary War’s second release on the venerable Sacred Bones label, Horribles Parade serves as a solid example of what good lo-fi psychedelic rock is capable. Throughout the record, each song benefits from remarkably intricate arrangements. Sure, there’s the basic guitar, synths and found sounds run through the effects gamut that are typical of the genre, but the dense layers are constructed in a capable manner that inundates the songs with sound without getting too chaotic and rewards multiple listens—especially through headphones.
While the bulk of Horribles Parade delves into a darker, groove-oriented corner of the psychedelic landscape than that of its predecessor, the album does showcase Gary War’s versatility. “No Payoff” takes on a lighter, pop-tinged air that makes good use of the watery vocal effects, while “For Cobra” provides an interesting trance counterpoint. Productive detours like these help to make Horribles Parade the successful sophomore effort that it is, establishing that, while there’s still room to grow, Gary War is in the right place at the moment.” - Agit Reader