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KUMD Album Reviews: J.C. Statan
Paula H. and Arthur Satàn, the Franco-Italian duo behind J.C. Satan, return with
their sophomore effort Hell Death Samba. While the album is steeped in heavy,
reverb-drenched garage rock, there are poppier moments recalling psychedelic
rock of the ‘60s (though the subtle gothic undertones prevent the album from
ever sounding too “sunny”).
Hell Death Samba is perfect for fans of garage rock that goes beyond the fuzzed-out wall of sound; there are plenty of tracks
that give priority to J.C. Satan's oddball experimental side such as "In the Light" and "Abandon". Musical highlights of Hell Death Samba include the playfully queasy hook of "Misunderstood", the high-register shredding during "Heil Mary", and the whirlwind chorus of "Crystal Snake".
Recommended if you like: Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, The Fresh & Onlys
Focus tracks: "Abandon", "Heil Mary", "Rhythm of Sex"