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Indian Jewelry We Are the Wild Beast

Before they were Indian Jewelry, the Houston-bred, L.A.-based noise-rock group performed as NTX + Electric. We Are the Wild Beast, NTX + Electric’s sole full-length (reissued as an Indian Jewelry album), is based on ideas that came to frontwoman Erika Thrasher in a dream, and were written and recorded in the band’s kitchen in 2003. The album’s lo-fi aesthetic adds a certain moodiness to its noisy No Wave feel; from the skuzzy saxes on “Walk Through Fire” to the distorted bassline on closer “Fuckface,” the instruments blend together, thanks to the record’s ramshackle production values. Trends may come and go, and many have since this record was first made back in 2003, but it still sounds fresh.

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