Departure - The Vacant Lots
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Vermont psychedelic rock duo of Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen was mixed by Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
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  1. Departure isn't merely a psychedelia record cut with Suicide-aping proto-punk. These eight songs wrestle free of that assumption, flying off in myriad directions.
  2. Jul 3, 2014
    70
    The duo have set themselves up nicely in a burgeoning genre and whilst their likeness for monochrome isn’t exactly bright, their future surely is.
  3. Jul 3, 2014
    60
    Departure is an ambitious and brave debut, one that reveals a lot of promise and an awfully big sound for just two players.
  4. Aug 20, 2014
    60
    Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen pack a pummeling version of cultural vacancy, though they're a tad predictable. [Sep 2014, p.93]
  5. Sep 5, 2014
    55
    Departure gets by on diverting--not mesmerizing--drone. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.106]
  6. Jul 3, 2014
    52
    This album can't be written off purely as a repetitive mess--this is the sound they were going for, after all, and when they rely less heavily on repetition, drones, and electronics, they find some decent material.