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Cool In the Pool
The light of the 'witch house/drag' phenomena of last year burned brightly, but as these things do, not for very long. Acts like Salem, Balam Acab and Forest Swords were bundled into the same basket by lazy journalism and probably, quite rightly, resented the association by genre. So, here we are in 2011 and Denver duo Hideousmen continue this hipster-approved sound of 4AD-style shoegaze atmospherics, crunked rhythms and chopped 'n' skrewed vocals. To be honest, the quality falls short of the likes of Salem et al, but it is held together by a much less self-indulgent, slo-mo disco remix by Rodion.