is an eclectic trio from Oklahoma City. The group's first album, 1993's Ice Cream Headache
, has a cavernous, echoing sound filled with plinking guitars and feedback over which the vocals of Alan Laird
and April Tippens
hover. 1994's Syrup Macrame
shows a vast improvement, mixing loud, abrasive "city songs" with loopy, gentle "country songs." Similar to Sonic Youth
and Mercury Rev
, Radial Spangle
lacks the pretension of those groups, instead writing songs about sunflowers and birthdays. It's a welcome change.