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Secret Walls

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Secret Walls
Keep Telling Everybody Lies
Do You Believe in Destiny?
Wash Over Us
Poison Wine
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Total Tracks: 5   Total Length: 18:22

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Marissa G. Muller has written about music professionally since she was 19, just don't ask about her age now. Her work has appeared in Pitchfork, EYE WEEKLY, Ind...more »

The Fresh & Onlys, Secret Walls
2011 | Label: Sacred Bones Records / S.C. Distribution

The epicenter of rock 'n' roll in the '60s, San Francisco has recently emerged as the breeding ground for young cut-ups: Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Ty Segall and the Fresh & Onlys now own that city's psych-informed garage rock scene and like those bands, the Fresh & Onlys have lately begun to refine their aesthetic. Secret Walls sees the band ditching their reverb-laden, distortion-heavy MO for more deliberate (but still thunderous)… read more »

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Interview: The Fresh & Onlys

By Marissa G. Muller, Contributor

The Fresh & Onlys belong to a class of Bay Area artists who make fuzzed-out, psych-infused pop songs and use prolificacy as a means of moving forward. Like their peers Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and Sic Alps, the Fresh & Onlys have grown up a little more with each new release. Their chugging, punky 2008 self-titled debut hardly sounds like the work of the band responsible for 2012's crisp slow-burner Long Slow Dance, but… more »


Label Profile: Captured Tracks

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

File Under: Ragged, guitar-based indie pop; jangle-'n'-reverb forever! Flagship Acts: Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, the Fresh & Onlys, the Girls At Dawn Based In: Brooklyn, New York When I first meet Mike Sniper, he's drinking Patron Silver at an Oyster Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. From any other record executive, the scene would be typical to the point of almost seeming mundane. But Sniper is the founder of the tiny, ragged Brooklyn indie Captured Tracks, a label that prizes… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Over the past few years, the Fresh & Onlys have quietly become one of the most reliable and interesting indie rock bands around. They don’t get the same hype some of the flashier, more gimmicky bands have gotten. Instead, they’ve just honed their craft and created a murky, hazily psychedelic sound with some spooky undertones and a solid emotional core. Their 2010 album Play It Strange was their strongest album, featuring a batch of strongly evocative songs and vocalist Tim Cohen’s most haunting performances. His growth as a singer has been one of the most interesting things about the group and on the follow-up EP recorded for Sacred Bones, Secret Walls, he turns in another fine effort. The naked pain he displays on the title track and the aching croon of “Do You Believe in Destiny” really hit hard. The band has grown, too. The Fresh & Onlys are reaching Rain Parade-good levels, and on this EP the guitars have real power and grace as they intertwine in a reverby embrace. The richness of the arrangements gives Cohen a perfect backdrop for his heart-rending songs, as this is definitely a “down” EP. There are no good-time tracks to cut the moody gloom. Fortunately, it’s a warm and fuzzy gloom that sounds just right all the time. You won’t want to miss Secret Walls, another step in the band’s progression. – Tim Sendra

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