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March 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Flavor Crystals’ long-form atmospherics at Chop Suey | Concert preview

Flavor Crystals

Minneapolis’ Flavor Crystals perform live in Seattle Wednesday. Photo by Tom Gilmore.

If the double album is a rarity these days, the triple LP is practically extinct — but don’t tell that to Flavor Crystals, who’ll perform live at Seattle’s Chop Suey club Wednesday in support of “Three,” a six-sided, 24-song suite released in 2012.

It’s tempting to call the Twin Cities foursome’s music shoegaze — not the tinnitus-inducing variety like genre kingpins My Bloody Valentine, but laid-back and richly textured, like San Francisco’s The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Yet that would be to disregard their penchant for space-rock builds, David Lynch ambiance and Krautrock hypnosis — and the virtual telepathy with which they play.

Spanning roughly 100 minutes, “Three” certainly isn’t meant for listeners craving instant gratification — but don’t confuse its ambition for pretension.

The only real chore is singling out one track as the record’s best, though hazy centerpieces “Surround” (listen) and “Straight Lines” (listen) — and especially the serene “Sultan’s Orders” (listen), reminiscent of Yo La Tengo’s 1993 classic “Painful” — provide a solid basis for what Flavor Crystals is about.

Wednesday’s bill is a testament to the international language of effects-pedal worship, with Beijing’s Carsick Cars co-headlining.

Flavor Crystals, Carsick Cars, White+, Black Nite Crash
8 p.m. Wednesday at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $7 (206-324-8005 or chopsuey.com)

Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: China, Minnesota, shoegaze


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