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Let It Flow

by Mongoose Thompson

(CAT. #: TDRCO-010)
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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(CAT. #: TDRCO-010)



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let it flow review
Artist: Mongoose Thompson
Album: Let It Flow (Single)
(CAT.#: TDRCO-010)
Reviewed by Reed Burnam

"With yet another throwback release heralding the latest rebirth (or rediscovery?) of all things cool as shit, Mongoose Thompson’s Let It Flow on Portland’s ever-astute Ten Dollar Recording Co. label is a trip, literally. A stellar, bleary-eyed spirit quest of a track, the contours of Let It Flow are apt to bring one to a seated position, and quickly. Steeped in a swirly shoegaze / dream-pop veneer heavily reminiscent of Spacemen 3, there’s tinges here of all things hazy, shaggy-haired, and decked with incense and flowers. Mongoose Thompson’s output overall folds in a host of similar influences, landing most closely in that foggy late 80’s, early 90’s period that was inhabited by such trendsetting acts as the aforementioned Spacemen, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, et al. But to chalk this one up to simple aping wouldn’t be fair – we’re really talking about (now) successive generations of neo-troubadours zeroing in on the multi-hued, beating heart of what was instigated decades ago when the Golden Gate Park flower children first got slapped in the domes by the art-house cool of the Velvets, and well, the rest is history so they say. Good news for the rest of us, because what we get with outings such as Let It Flow is a type of evergreen spirit-quest mescaline trip to the center of the poly-faced, primal heart of rock’n’roll. And it never really gets old.

Let It Flow is more a feeling than a fleshed-out 'song' per se. It’s awash in a spaced-out, sleepy psychedelia that hangs like a fever-tracer on the strummed guitars, warm organ monotone, and sparsely placed, reverb-drenched tambourine. Various effects flange their way in and out of the mix, steering a path through the shimmering waves of psych. Vocals drift away like clouds over the signature drone at the track’s back end, as the whole thing oscillates gently to a mild exotica as the guitars make like sitars and the organs like tamburas. The mood is dreamy to say the least, and the track really works, hanging on that central nexus of easy cool that imbues disembodied statements such as the oft-repeated 'let it flow' with a seemingly rich meaning just out of grasp. Put on repeat and levitate.

With this and the other memorable Portland-based artists populating Ten Dollar Recording Co.’s roster, one almost wonders if they’re putting something in the water up there. But when it comes off this good, no one’s arguing with it. And if you can’t dig it, you ain’t got no shovel." (Reed Burnam)