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HotChaCha
The World's Hardest Working Telescope And The Violent Birth Of Stars
Exit Stencil Records
www.exitstencil.org


Creating a montage of rustic alt-rock tones with art-pop incisions and trippy folk windmills, Ohio-based quartet HotChaCha displays the anxious energy of The Kooks balanced by the coasting Zen-like sensibilities of Gomez. The band's latest release The World's Hardest Working Telescope And The Violent Birth Of Stars from Exit Stencil Records borders on the esoteric with a pendulum of dissonant echoes moving through the frames. There is a garage band broiling in the pumping style of drummer Lisa Paulovcin and bassist Heather Gmucs as the serried psychedelics sewn by keyboardist/guitarist Mandy Aramouni surround the tracks in volatile mists reminiscent of Joy Division, and lead vocalist Jovana Batkovic melds the lyrics into the atmospheric reels becoming an integral part of the glazy plumes and jelly-like fissions.

The resonating guitar effects throttling "One Thousand Pillows Soft" have a U2-stylized flurry, which traverse into a field of psychedelic rock rivulets along "Ticket Away From Prague" as the rumbles in the rhythm section produce a heavy drooping in the underbelly of the tune. The punk-rouched propulsions of "Baby Mammoth" inject a pogo-flexed bobbing, which wilt into a sedate drifting along "Hookers Deserve A Lifetime Achievement Award." The raveled chord movements of "Circus Girl" infuse waves of intense teasing along the verses which become more bendable and mutable across the glazy inflections and sleek planes of "Ticket Stub." The avant angles in the chord refractions which noose "Organ Grinders Ball" brand irregular incisions which coast into a slippery traction along "Bob Has A Better Cow," while the marching beats of "French Fried" are entwined with the bristling atmospherics and roving swells.

HotChaCha are more polished than a garage band, and yet they are not quite finessed enough to lose their rustic swagger or dissonant clamors and angular inflections. There is an artsy feel in their tracks that delves into lexicons of esoteric soundscapes and reverberating psychedelics. It is music for those who don't walk on the path of the straight and narrow but prefer being skewed to the side and off-centered.

-Susan Frances

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