Thee Oh Sees Castlemania on 2LP w/ 4th Side Etching
San Francisco’s incredibly prolific Thee Oh Sees
are back with another full-length album of original tracks plus a smattering of covers.
While the group’s previous releases showcased their amped-up, reverb-drenched garage-psych pummel, on Castlemania
, John Dwyer and company take a more low-key approach. Dwyer himself describes Castlemania
as “summery and poppy”; on many of the tracks, electric guitars are jettisoned for acoustic, and the normally echo-laden vocals are a bit clearer.
Happy pop melodies, sweet and somber tunes, psychedelic moves galore, cover versions of The Creation and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, and at least one garage stomper all rub elbows on Thee Oh Sees’
“sunshine pop” album.
The vinyl for Castlemania
is a three-sided double LP housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with a fourth side featuring an etching by William Keihn, who also did the fantastic cover art.
Thee Oh Sees Castlemania Track Listing:
1. I Need Seed
2. Corprophagist (A Bath Perhaps)
3. Stinking Cloud
4. Corrupted Coffin
5. Pleasure Blimps
6. A Wall, A Century 2
7. Spider Cider
8. The Whipping Continues
9. Blood On The Deck
11. AA Warm Breeze
12. Idea For Rubber Dog
13. The Horse Was Lost
14. I Won't Hurt You
15. If I Stay Too Long
16. What Are We Craving?