(from introduction): Pennsylvania's Clear Spots might be the best kept secret in the Northeast, though I don't imagine that's necessarily by choice. This trio makes some of the best psychedelic-tinged music around. Innovative songs that pound your skull into dust, all the while retaining a melodic nature that keeps you coming back for more. . . .
Review of Mansion in the Sky
"Mansion in the Sky" is an absolute delight. I knew The Clear Spots were good, but I didn't know they were this good. It's not just that it sounds good, but it feels good too. This is the kind of music that once you scratch the surface and find yourself fully entrenched, you'll let it suck you dry before letting go. . . .
When reviewing Mountain Rock, the debut CD-R from the Clear Spots I described the music as raw and ragged, but I also noted that they choose to slow things down in a way that makes the untamed guitars and the general sense of improvisation, the aural chaos and the beds of rustic noise sound surprisingly beautiful. This is even more case on the follow-up which still finds its base in tangles of melting feedback, squealing guitar work and blaring epic noise but at the same time blows all these components apart in every direction. . . .
Hard on the heels of their debut 'Mountain Rock' (reviewed by the Terrascope in November), brothers Adam Bugaj (drums), Matt Bugaj (guitar), and Kevin Moist (guitar) evolve their sound somewhat on 'Mansions in the Sky', albeit in stripped down trio format (brother Tom Bugaj, drummer 'Mountain Rock' does not appear here). The first thing to note is the wonderful cover photograph. It's quite easy to imagine that the featured barn was where this series of metallographic sound worlds was created, and the alarming lean of the barn the result of some extreme sound pressure level transgressions performed during these sessions/rites/cook-outs. Even so, this time out, the Clear Spots are perhaps more restrained, more spacious and more structured than on their debut (but not too much). . .