1. Alone, Jealous and Stoned (6:46)
2. All at Once (It's Not Important) (4:37)
3. Lightning Blue Eyes (5:31)
4. Daddy's in the Doldrums (8:23)
5. I Hate Pretending (5:15)
6. Faded Lines (4:59)
7. I Want To Know If It's Still Possible (5:00)
8. 1,000 Seconds (5:15)
As you might expect from a band whose primary interests include psychedelic space-rock jams and song titles like "It's A Bad Wind That Don't Blow Somebody Good," the Secret Machines are in no particular hurry. So don't be put off by the fact that the tracklist for the Texas-born, New York-based band's second full-length album only includes eight songs. Each one is epic (and not in the bad Creed "arms-spread-on-the-mountaintop" way): packing in more drama, billowing guitar solos and stealth pop hooks than the Strokes' entire back catalog.
On Ten Silver Drops the hirsute trio seems to have discovered a sense of economy, particularly in toxic garage tracks like "Lightning Blue Eyes" and "Faded Lines," but there's no reason for concern. Unlike everything else the Secret Machines do, it's short-lived. The charmingly titled "Daddy's In The Doldrums" lingers for a full eight-minutes, making it worth at least three songs in one.
Honed by the immediacy of playing an 18-month cross-country tour in support of their debut album, New York City-based Secret Machines blend songcraft and melody with their acclaimed power to sculpt epic, dreamy, neo-psychedelic soundscapes on their second full-length album, Ten Silver Drops. While still playing homage to experimentalist pop groups Kraftwerk, Neu and La Dusseldorf with effects laden, heavily processed guitars and primal, stomping drums, Secret Machines expand their universe to reveal both the icy peaks and murky depths of their musical machinations.