I’ll admit it. I’m a big fan of this psychedelic/blues-based power trio, and with Breathe Heavy I was immediately hooked by the same elements that got me into them in a live setting: the Hendrix-influenced guitar of Josh Huval, his brother Dan’s adventurous trips up and down the bass frets, and Sinisa Tesic’s no-nonsense beats keeping it all together. Josh’s voice sounds more confident here than in concert.
Producer Gordon Raphael opted for a straight line: no deliberate attempts to “dirty” the sound (as was the case with Education’s album), instead letting the band play the way they always do (live, with no overdubs). Yet, this is a recording done in two days, and it sounds like it. But when it comes to power and execution, few bands are as convincing as this bunch. If you think the epic slow blues of “Naked With a Demon” (more than nine minutes long) is noisy, wait till you hear the aptly titled “Noise,” the group’s most psychedelic, experimental, and least radio-friendly song. That’s Tangible Green: when you think that you’ve got them all figured out, they got you.