By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Blonde Redhead has always been a rather deep bandnot for the frail of heart or mind and 23 keeps that tradition alive. Though the words are often indiscernible, themes of paranoia and loss run rampant, buoyed by the music's eerie, borderline-psychotic feel.
That said, most of the cuts here are ethereal rockers, and though they're not hooky per se, the layers of guitars and electronics built over fast drum rhythms keep your head bobbing, if only in confusion.
Chances are you'll end up as freaked out as they seem to be. 23 is exactly what we've come to expect from this trio: a tension-filled exploration of the human psyche, blistering but still atmospheric. It meshes nicely with their already mind-bending catalog, even if it differs.
Blonde Redhead play Webster Hall May 8, websterhall.com.