(from Disappear out now)
Ojos Rojos are Claremont drone rockers with a strong sense of psychedelic melancholia, and their full-length debut contains ghostly echoes of U.K. shoegaze classics like Swervedriver’s Mezcal Head or Ride’s Nowhere. The old Swervie bucketseat lurch of “In My Head” shifts the album into the passing lane at once, and a familiar sense of eerie travelogue decorates songs like “Disappear” and “So Wrong.” “Hear You Runnin’” decelerates to rubberneck-speed and then to a heavy-metal hovercraft wipeout, but the rest of the album is a return to suborbital cruising speed, with “13” and “Honeydew” taking us up to the interplanetary hodad surf-rock of “To Nowhere & Back,” glittering like swelling green waves against the tangerine cliffs of Mars. At 12:38, the classic long-form instrumental freakout “Burial” ends the album in exactly the spirit of the side-length tracks that closed classic first-wave psych masterpieces like Meddle or Da Capo. If this first crack is any indication of how the rock ’teens will go, expect to remember the first part of the coming decade as a long hallucinogenic blur.