Heavy Traffic

Brooklyn fuzzy-psych outfit Heavy Traffic bring us their sixth album on Twin Earth Records, Plastic Surgery.

‘Rule Of Nines’, the seven-minute-strong opener, unifies heavy, doomy riffs and psychedelic vocals soaring overhead. It’s an insight into what to expect from the album: pure fuzz with densely reverbed vocals. The second track, ‘See Right Through’, is even better.It’ss heavy groove-laden pulse, echoing vocals and wailing guitars evoke thoughts of flying through the cosmos with Fuzz on your walkman. Solid track. Plastic Surgery continues to amalgamate dense distorted riffs and shoegaze haziness with tracks like ‘Acid Sweater’ and ‘Three Stigmata’ as the album carries the listener on a sonic journey through nebulas, galaxies and dingy intergalactic garage parties.

Closing track and the album’s namesake, ‘Plastic Surgery’, begins slow and heavy. Typically sultry doom riffs are iced with echoing vocals overhead; their refreshing idiosyncrasy. For nearly eight minutes, the track floats between these doom riffs and celestial psychedelic noise, culminating in a transcendent clamour.

Plastic Surgery features bonus track, and arguably the best track of the album, ‘White And Green’. Familiar fizzing guitars play a formidable stoner riff with twangy guitar harmonies that Nick DiSalvo would be proud to call his own. It’s an energetic and exciting end to the album that alludes to a feeling of anticipation that this will be a prosperous year for the band. A deserved 4/5 for this polished and quality offering.

'Rule Of Nines', the seven-minute-strong opener, unifies heavy, doomy riffs and psychedelic vocals soaring overhead. It's an insight into what to expect from the album: pure fuzz with densely reverbed vocals. The second track, 'See Right Through', is even better.It'ss heavy groove-laden pulse, echoing vocals and wailing guitars evoke thoughts of flying through the cosmos with Fuzz on your walkman. Solid track. Plastic Surgery continues to amalgamate dense distorted riffs and shoegaze haziness with tracks like 'Acid Sweater' and 'Three Stigmata' as the album carries the listener on a sonic journey through nebulas, galaxies and dingy intergalactic garage parties. Closing track and the…

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