Albino Father – “II” (2015)

This was an impulse buy from the “local” section at Diabolical Records when we were in Salt Lake City last month.  I didn’t know squat about it, but the prices on everything were great so I was just adding stuff to my pile without giving it a whole lot of thought.

Damn I’m glad I bought this record.

Albino Father’s II is one of the Top 5 new releases I’ve heard so far in 2015.

What’s bizarre is that it’s also the second album entitled II that I’ve reviewed this year, the other by Philly’s retro-electro-darkwavers SGNLS. Coincidence… or sign of the apocalypse?  You decide.

So what’s the story with Albino Father?  Well, let’s ask them.

Albino Father is a dad band. But only one member is actually a dad. Most of the songs are about horses. Some are about being afraid of things. Mostly they are loud.

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I didn’t pick up on the horse vibe, but I’ll take their word for it.  Right from the opening chords of the first song, “WTTV,” I knew I was going to like II.  The guitar work has a lo-fi, simple, but aggressive sound that reminds me more than a little of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (who were, ironically, the reason we were in Salt Lake City in the first place).  But Albino Father has a trippy psych kind of thing going on here too, one that rears it’s head on the next song, “Disappear,” a slower, heavier number that provides even more of that lo-fi feel that defines so much of the band’s sound throughout II.  It reaches its trippy zenith on the fourth song, “Heavy Fucking,” an eight-minute late 1960s style ball of acid and lava lamps and heavy and echo, a song you could lose yourself inside of for a while if you catch my drift.

For my money, the last third of the album is the best, starting with the faster paced “The Milk Comes In,” a song that just makes you want to get up out of your chair and do something.  Something really, really fast.  If this comes on while you’re driving, you’re getting a speeding ticket, no questions asked.  “I Can See For Myles” slows things down again, pouring sweet, sticky goo into your ears and seemingly actually causing time to slow down.  The album closes with “Joust Wurst,” featuring heavy echo on the vocals and more cymbals than you can shake two drumsticks at.  If you’re only going to check out a few songs, I’d start with this part of the album then jump back to the very start.

You can listen to the entire album for free HERE, and get yourself a digital download for just five bucks if you like what you hear.  Plus it looks like they still have copies of the vinyl available for $15 (which comes with a download), a pretty good price for this limited edition (of 150) release.  So go give ’em a listen and kick ’em a few bucks if you like what you hear.  And tell them Life in the Vinyl Lane sent you.

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