The For Carnation, The For Carnation
The former Slint frontman taps into millennial dread.
Like a pre-school playroom, there are only rounded edges on the For Carnation's final album. Fronted by Brian McMahan (he once helmed Slint), the band went through numerous lineup changes over its six years (it's actually unclear whether TFC are still together), but this incarnation, anchored by McMahon and Tortoise's John McEntire, is by far the best. The album's first two songs create the very precise sensation of being submerged in water; the dub-like bass echoes and lower registers handily dominate the mood. Former Pixie/Breeder Kim Deal guests on the trip-hoppy "Tales (Live from the Crypt)," offering heavily-gauzed vocals, and "Snoother" could be from Millions Now Living…-era Tortoise.