ONEIDA Preteen Weaponry (Jagjaguwar) Rating: NN
In what's shaping up to be the most pretentious music experiment of the year (maybe decade), Brooklyn noise-makers Oneida have released the first instalment of a planned trilogy named Thank Your Parents. The sequel is rumoured to be a triple album, while Preteen Weaponry is a three-part instrumental that the band claims took three years to write. And guess what? It was recorded in three days in three separate locations!
That's the kind of self-indulgent chicanery which only appeals to record geeks. For everybody else, an album of atmospheric repetitions and meandering jams likely won't be overly exciting. Which is fair enough for Oneida, who weren't planning on moving a ton of units. But too much high concept can strangle music's most base pleasures, and Preteen feels choked to death.
Oneida stop at Lee's Palace Friday (August 15).