Wicked Hemlocks experiment wildly with a number of sounds, from funk to chaotic, noisy rock. On their latest CD — the appropriately-titled Quill of the Mad — the group uses heavy effects to bend and warp songs into '60s-flavored psychedelia, similar Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd or the Silver Apples.
The opening track, "To Be Extremist" has an driving drum beat with some touches of jangling tambourine. "Telepathy De Nature" is an abrasive track with some added electronics, while "Braided" sounds calmer with a surprising minute-long choral arrangement.
Quill of the Mad includes a brilliant and completely surprising cover of the Pointer Sisters' "Number Count." Fans of Sesame Street will likely remember the bass-driven funk song as the soundtrack to a cartoon pinball machine on counting.
The album was released on the Brooklyn independent label Stick in Your Spokes Records.