Big noise from Norway

Live from Haugesund, Norway, it’s Scandinavia’s most exciting underground band: The Low Frequency in Stereo, whose new album Futuro holds its own beside records by Can, the Pixies, and other noise-rock pioneers.

The Low Frequency’s first three albums built epic drone-and-bash freakouts out of throbbing, mostly instrumental jams and squealing feedback. This time out, they’ve discovered their sense of melody: All five members sing on the album. The nine-minute “Solar System” features a jazzy horn section and acidic wah-wah guitar, relentlessly cranking up the tension of its two-chord groove. You can hear six out of Futuro’s eight tracks on the band’s MySpace page; “Texas Fox,” which sounds like a cross between Sonic Youth and ZZ Top, is especially good.

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