White Denim, Corsicana Lemonade
A tight, tart dosage of one of the country's more potent psych-rock outfits
“Mixed by Jeff Tweedy” is the headline hook for this Texas-based prog-boogie quartet’s sixth album, and you can hear the Wilco frontman’s highly successful formula — classic rock with an avant-garde tinge — all over these tightly wound, reverb-sweating tunes. Where earlier Denim albums often drifted into skronk and sputter, Corsicana Lemonade hews tightly to structure, tipping its spiffy fedora to early Steely Dan in “Come Back,” the Dukes of Stratosphear’s Brit-psych in “Limited By Stature,” and Paul McCartney at his howling-bluesiest in “Cheer Up/Blues Ending.” Guitars slither and squirm like synthesizers in opening track “At Night in Dreams,” and you can hear every instrument in Tweedy’s collection spun into the title track’s gossamer mesh. Lyrically, you might tease out newfound confidence from lines like “Hurried up for waiting more times than I care to say/ But it’s clearer to us now that it’s starting to change.” But White Denim is more about experience than rumination, and Corsicana Lemonade is a tight, tart dosage of one of the country’s more potent psych-rock outfits.