I Radial Spangle provengono dall'Oklahoma, cosi` come la loro principale
Ice Cream Headache (Mint Industries, 1993) mette in mostra uno
stile ancora confuso, conteso fra garage-rock e acid-rock dilatato.
Su Syrup Macrame (Beggars Banquet, 1995)
il gruppo continua a studiare la lezione di Mercury Rev e Flaming Lips,
nonche' Yo La Tengo e Galaxie 500, proponendo un country-pop cervellotico
e un po' pretenzioso.
Radial Spangle, formed by guitarist Alan Laird in 1992 in Norman (Oklahoma),
owes too obvious a debt to fellow countrymen
Ice Cream Headache (Mint Industries, 1993) is an ambitious debut that
ranges from garage-rock rave-ups
(Raze, Gutter Chain) to acid-rock ballads
(Birthday, Drip) and even includes an experimental
nine-minute jam in the vein of early Grateful Dead (Copper).
The Sonny and Cher-like vocal harmonies of Laird and bassist April Tippens
grace the standout song, Canopy And Shoe.
Less atonal and less frantic,
Syrup Macrame (Mint Industries, 1994) focuses on writing good songs
rather than on producing eerie effects.
Marble, Cross Your Legs, Special Love, New Dress,
Caf Fine are all nice songs with good melodies and interesting (while
restrained) arrangements. Basically, the trio if moving away from psychedelic
freakouts and approaching a more conventional folk-pop format.