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Album review: 'Floating at the Bottom' 

Haewa

"Floating at the Bottom"

Self-released

haewamusic.net

Sometimes psychedelic music can come on a little strong, where listening to it — and understanding it — winds up being a bit daunting. But Rochester-based psych supergroup Haewa opens up "Floating at the Bottom" with a splendid flourish of listener-friendly color you can practically taste and see. This new disc is five choice cuts of salacious sonics. It's positively lush in its treatment and doesn't rely solely on the depth of the production to carry it on through.

"Floating at the Bottom" is heavier and more complex than Haewa's previous endeavors, but it still manages to fly swiftly and unfettered, ultimately creating a beautiful and concise piece of music. This is smile-inducing rock 'n' roll that comes on huge, yet does not crush with overblown stunts bands in this genre often get caught up in. Big isn't the same as loud, as exhibited by Haewa's largess on this record. It's heavy but full of dexterity and strength. When's the last time you spun a platter that made you this happy? This is one fabulous record.

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