Vinyl Pressing Review

The Spyrals


Out of Sight


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 07.18.2013

San Francisco's The Spyrals continue down a path of retrofried garage fuzz on this sophomore LP. The Bay Area trio offers tighter arrangements with less reverb on the vocals than its self-titled, 2012 debut. The Spyrals doesn't break the psychedelic rock mold on this LP, but the band justifies comparisons with the genre's heavyweights.



Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:

8.50

The vocals are upfront with less reverb than The Spyrals previous LP. The guitars are fuzzy, but not too a fault. The bass and drums play a prominent role in the mix without overwhelming the guitars, vocals and harmonica. The production has a more natural, live feel than the debut.
 

Pressing Quality:

9.00

The album is pressed on high quality, red vinyl. The pressing feels heavy and durable. The glossy sleeve with accompanying lyrics sheet is a nice touch. There is the occasional static and pop (see: vinyl noise). No warping, weaving or other manufacturing flaws present.
 

Vinyl Noise:

7.50

Ambient noise is relatively minimal. There is some occasional static, but nothing overwhelming. There was a noticeable pop on the closing track of the album's A-side on our pressing.
 

Overall Artwork:

8.50

The cover art features a pixellated 1950s pin-up girl with her eyes covered by tape with the band's name written on it. The album title appears as if its written in chalk on the wall behind her. The reverse side features the track listing in hand-written chalk on the wall with another shot of the pin-up girl next to a stack of amps and instruments. The sleeve features the barely visible pin-up girl in a black and white photograph behind the drums.
 

Overall Extras:

8.00

Immediate digital download with purchase through Bandcamp. High quality, glossy paper sleeve that features a black and white photograph on one side and a lyric sheet on the other.


Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

Rob has reviewed 48 other Records.

 

Total Score

: 4.15

 


Info

Label: Mock Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 14.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: red
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
high gloss paper with lyrics and photograph
 







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