So what was all this hew and cry and Sic Alps going pop? The three songs on this 12 inch may have a bit more coherent melodic sense that some other tracks in the band’s basket, but they also are so firmly rooted in muddy psych and backwoods improvisation that fans of last year’s debut record have little to worry about. Even they may find deeper levels into Sic Alps’ sound as new ears join them for the ride.
“She’s On Top” is pure grinding, garage pop, and the most similar to their signature sound. With “Carrie Jean,” the band focuses on the beat: martial drums are the anchor, with Mike Donovan’s vocals heavy on the reverb; this could be an outtake from a Count Five record or “Jean Genie” era Bowie: glam trash with muddy, ie sinister production values. The final track, the spare, driving rocker “Biz Bag,” features the occasional, cheeky, falsetto interlude, a nod both to pop and a parody of it.
Sic Alps proved on their self-titled debut that they are a band comfortable in atmospheres spooky, murky, and wired with psychedelic power. “She’s on Top” reinforces that power, while adding more humor and evidence of continued growth as artists.