Emerging from the distant light we have a new double LP from our own John Dwyer's Thee Oh Sees. The first studio recordings to capture the muscular rhythm section of double drummers Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon with ringer bassist Tim Hellman cracking spines, the groove and bludgeon we've come to expect from the live shows is captured seamlessly here - they go from zero to head-splitter from the get-go and on the rare occasions they do let up on the gas a bit, we're treated to some locked-in hypnotizers, too. The guitar sounds more colossal and ethereal at the same time, riding roughshod over the vacuum sealed rhythm section, spiraling skywards, and diving into the emerald depths so quick your guts tingle. Synths, strings and smoke soaked things crawl behind the scenes to make an extra far-out party platter. Served on 45 rpm plates for most excellent listening quality. With amazing visuals and a side D etching by air-brush-van-art maestro Robert Beatty…and packed in vape-proof goat skin. It’s a beast and it can be yours should you choose come August 12th.....come on now.

“Very pleased to be working with Prettiest Eyes. I first saw them ages ago at the Satellite and they were cake-takers that night. Now, they are stronger and weirder than ever. I couldn’t believe this new batch of tunes and their bananas- energy live show and, their fans are hard-core heads, just a soup of dance and mouths agog. Brutal, fractured, pogoing beats played by Pachy [Garcia], also the singer, belching out vocal smoke rings in the laser light above the din—they are flat out commands, militaristic in their delivery and yet catchy, like you like em. Marcos, an extro-sensual bass- ist who climbs inside of your mind-clothes while grinding out aggressively greasy throbs and pulls and Paco, the key- boardist, who at times plays reeling wailing lines that could be mistaken for a number of other instruments…and the hair on this dude! I have a hard time remembering how nice his face is offstage, all you can see is a whip wigging out.

They are captivating, they are odd, they make strange and interesting choices. Futuristic and yet drawn from the same sonic sludge that all mankind derives from, they live and breathe early Los Angeles-punk vibes while still innovating at every turn. There is electricity in this sound, they simply rule and what a pleasure to hear Pools doesn’t stray far from what makes them just melt it in person. Recorded perfectly to harness the animal on a nice inanimate slab of plastic you can take home. For fans of Screamers, Suicide, Chrome, and yes, a hint of a down unda Birthday Party.”

— John Dwyer

LFZ is an ambient solo project of Sean Smith, a California-based musician previously known for playing solo acoustic finger-picked guitar as well as electric neo-psychedelia. His work as LFZ utilizes synthesizers and electronic effects as well as guitars, forming rich yet minimalist soundscapes reflecting on the cycle of life and death. After making its debut with a self-titled release in 2015, LFZ issued a few additional cassettes before moving to Castle Face with 2018's Name Plus Focus.

Originally based in San Francisco, Sean Smith began releasing albums of New American Primitive-style acoustic guitar music in 2003. This included acclaimed albums on the Bay Area labels Isota Records and Tompkins Square, among them 2005's Sean Smith and 2010's holiday recording Christmas. He also played with the psychedelic rock band Citay, appearing on their 2010 album Dream Get Together, and his own work became heavier, electric, and more experimental, as on 2011's Huge Fluid Freedom. He also played in an instrumental rock trio called Twin Trilogy, who released a one-sided record in 2014, as well as a Black Sabbath tribute band called Bobb Saggeth.

Smith debuted his LFZ project with a self-titled 2015 release containing two extended, partially improvised pieces which reflected on the death of Smith's father, and recalled works by Terry Riley and Fripp & Eno. This was simultaneously released along with Pointless Prism, a cassette of brief, one-take synthesizer improvisations. Following a move to Los Angeles, Smith began releasing a series of homemade tapes of LFZ improvisations titled Sketches of Jupiter. LFZ performed concerts in California and New York, sharing bills with artists such as Jonas Reinhardt and Steve Gunn. In 2018, Castle Face released LFZ's album Name Plus Focus.

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