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The Warlocks, ‘Heavy Deavy Skull Lover’ (Tee Pee)

Despite the disarmingly stupid album title (sounds like a necrophile’s eHarmony page), the Warlocks are more funereal than ever. The Los Angeles quartet (halved from the lineup of 2005’s Surgery) load their pinwheeling psychedelic rock with twice the distorted strings and percussion, but the outcome is sluggishly unrealized. Rather than continuing the band’s drugged-out narratives and doo-wop hisses, Heavy Deavy is methodically ambient; rhythms unspool hesitantly under leader Bobby Hecksher’s sonar wail, making this a middling version of shoegaze for people who stare at their hands.

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