Thee Oh Sees' latest album is as weird as its cover art. The kaleidoscope of strawberries and fangs is both succulent and startling: kind of like heartburn for your eyes. It's a similar kind of guilty pleasure for your ears, if you have the patience.
Floating Coffin is experimental rock in same vein as Broken Social Scene, with lengthy instrumental segments, unexpected bleeps, feedback and mood swings. But Thee Oh Sees takes that formula and puts it on acid. The album is simultaneously dreamlike and as in-your-face as an alarm clock when you're hungover. It's certainly more cohesive than Putrifiers II, which came out only seven months ago. The tracks flow into one another better and the album is more top-to-bottom listenable. Yet while Floating Coffin is never atonal or off-putting, it doesn't try too hard to impress anyone but its creators. Tracks like "Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster" and "Night Crawler" bring back a certain fuzzy crunch I thought we left at the end of the last century. The lo-fi feel to the vocals is great, but lead man John Dwyer doesn't seem interested in bringing us to any real end or destination with his songs. Apparently it's all about the trip, man.