By Steve Weinstein
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Interestingly, the persistence of psychedelia in indie rock has involved the evolution of this "man" into the Shy Teenager Archetype, embodied most recently by Brooklyn's Fiery Furnaces. (How old are they, 27 and 31?)
One wonders what separates the men from the boys nowadays. Beards and drugs? If so, then bully for the goddamn kids! The Fiery Furnaces' Blueberry Boat takes Elephant 6style kitchen-sink psychedelia and turns it into something less druggy and less psychedelic. This is sociocultural advancement.
In fact, the music on Blueberry Boat is so sublime that the awkwardness of the "shy teenager" syndrome, at times vanishes entirely. Eleanor Friedberger's voice sails along atop the music like a sweeter-sounding Patti Smith. The early Who-inspired, mini-rock-opera approach of Eleanor and her brother Matthew (five songs in the eight-minute-plus range) isn't exploited as an opportunity to just string half-baked ideas together, either.
Actually, the Who did that a bit on A Quick One, didn't they? With the Fiery Furnaces, it's "Rael" all the way.