There must be something in the water, besides high levels of ammonia and nitrates, because Boise-based bands released some innovative, incredible music this year—think Youth Lagoon's Savage Hills Ballroom (Fat Possum Records). Recent release, Totems(Nov. 7, Defendu Records), proves local act Marshall Poole must have spent some time wading in the river of creativity, too.
Though it's full of surprises—sometimes among tracks and sometimes within them—Totems' dark, mysterious mood flows from the first note of the first track to the last note of the final one. Speaking of the first track, "Evil Eye" is a brilliant introduction to both Totems and Marshall Poole, a sentiment echoed by apesontape.com: "'Evil Eye' demonstrates the band's no-bullshit approach, gripping energy and their balance between volume and precision."
Totems is one of the smartest local albums of 2015, but it could also hold its own against any national "southern psych rock" release. Maybe someone should start bottling Boise's water...
Though "Uptight" (released in early 2015) isn't on Totems, check out this video directed by local graphic designer, animator and maker of music videos, Jason Sievers.