The Stranger, September 11, 2003

By Zac Pennington

"Calling San Francisco's Curtains an "experimental pop band" is sort of misleading, so I'll do my best to avoid such a degrading term. See, the ever-evolving San Francisco instrumentalists (featuring both current and former members of Deerhoof) play music that's quite definitely experimental, and also, in the vaguest sense, "pop"-referenced--but there's so much more to it than that. Their latest record--22 tracks of synthesizer hiccups, impossible rhythms, and piercing guitar--is only comfortably comparable to their sibling band--and with that as our point of reference, the Curtains are sort of like Deerhoof's less comprehensible middle brother: He may not be the cute one, but damn it if he ain't charming."

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