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ALBUM OF THE MONTH
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Punk, Noise rock, Psychedelic
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Turtle Skull
(ST)
2018
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre:
Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like:
The Black Angels, The Warlocks, Rancho Relaxo
Australia has been a huge breeding ground for up and coming independent rock artists within the past couple years. Heavy psych rockers Turtle Skull are the latest to hit our radar. The five-piece from Sydney, Australia bring that hazy, repetitive fuzz sound on this debut release. The production is solid, yet not over produced. We love the little nuances that are found within the music as it adds an element of intrigue with each listen. The bass on these four tracks is consistently steady and provides a low-toned heavy sound which is the big draw for us. The vocals of Dean McLeod and Charlie Gradon are lofty and spacious which is the perfect contrast to the heavy. Fans of The Janitors or Warlocks and even The Black Angels will absolutely flock over this album.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance

8.7 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.4 of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure
8.5 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.3 of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.9 of 11

Contrast
6.9 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.6 of 11

Production Value
9 of 11

Standout Track(s) 
“Eden” is an amazing tune and sure to lure in fans of the heavy. The combination of drone and fuzz rock hits the sweet spot. “Empty Ships” is also a hypnotic track to get lost in, the addition of the background female vocalist is the perfect touch.

Alcohol Pairing
Low Visibility by New Jersey-based Magnify Brewing.  This hazy IPA has aromas and slight flavors of citrus yet not too complex.

Lasting Impression
Turtle Skull is on the right path with this impressive debut release. Four songs is way too short and perhaps they are testing the waters with this album. However, we are ready to dive head first into a full length. - 5/29/2018

Tracklist:
1. No News is Bad News
2. Take It Or Leave It
3. Eden 06:08                   
4. Empty Ships 08:23

Turtle Skull is:
Dean - guitar, vox
Charlie - drums, vox
Dan - synth drone
Julian – bass
Tobia - tambourine, percussion

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