The only thing that could possibly be more ironic than lo-fi music is good lo-fi music. We're not talking the grandfathered lo-fi of bands like Guided By Voices
which is, all things considered, far too produced to continue to qualify for the emerging genre. No, we're talking lo-fi saturated with white noise and overpowering guitars. We're talking lo-fi with peaked vocals, garage-style reverb, and muddy lyrics. We're talking lo-fi with keyboard sounds reminiscent of the plastic five-octave Casio I had when I was ten. True, when you add all of these qualities together you should end up with something that sounds painful at the very least. Yet Times New Viking
has, with their fourth full-length record Born Again Revisited
, successfully turned audible agony into an unlikely pleasure.
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