"As the opening track, “I Saw The Wolf (Tigers Jaw)” comes to a close, you should already know by now what kind of journey you are about to embark on: a lonely, dark, and gloomy one. Frozen Zoo are (or is?) a shoegaze-tinged, lo-fi indie band hailing from North Carolina, and have quietly crafted two albums without so much as a word. Don't let the cover of their second album, Bad Vibes, and its bedroom-style recording, fool you: this album is absolutely fantastic. These lyrics on the second, and my favorite, track “Dinosaurs”, describe exactly the mood of the entire album:
“Leave me alone, please go away
It gets better, that's what they say
Empty man, empty soul
I needed you to fill the hole”
Musically speaking, this is a lo-fi/shoegaze gold-mine. While the recording is a tad rudimentary, even by lo-fi standards, the arrangements are absolutely stunning. The guitar work is jangley, and expansive. The vocals, on the other hand, are extremely diverse: at times bleak and brooding, and others emotional and heartfelt. My only complaint with the whole thing is the duration: it's a tad short for being a full-length album, but who am I to define how long a full-length release should be. Close your blinds, have a cup of tea during a rainy day, and check this album out. 7.8"