Monday, December 12, 2011
I'm not really sure of what to make of Found. This slightly pastoral, slightly psychedelic, bad dream bordering on being too weird to be good band, somehow takes this weirdness and redeems it with actual cool songs. Their album, factorycraft, is an opaque and experimental affair that sounds like it actually was recorded on a factory floor using equipment found there and then covered in sludge.
Mechanical and a bit emotionless, Found plod their way through much of factorycraft. It's only upon closer inspection that you realize that beneath the din and pseudo-experimentalism there are sleepy pop songs awaiting to be awoken. While it sometime takes a bit of an effort to find something worth repeated listens, when you do find it, it's not too shabby. Despite being an improvisational collective the band do occasionally stumble upon something that's more than just lo-fi racket and when they do it’s good. While this isn't the most exciting record in the world, it does have its moments. I just wish it had more of them.
Noisy, weird, and a bit atonal Found take a bit getting used to. With diamonds in the rough for songs and an album that's not the feel good hit of the spring, factorycraft might take some getting used to, but in the long run it's worth it to appreciate this Scottish collectives obtuse take on indie rock.