Indian Jewelry give their listeners fair warning with Totaled’s title: this album is filled with intense sonics that are warped like bent metal and glitter like shattered glass. Erika Thrasher and Tex Kerschen go for a much harsher sound than they did on Free Gold!, which had a hazy, heat-shimmer beauty despite its abrasive textures. Here, the pair’s twisted synth rock is thrown into sharp relief, and it sounds all the stranger for it.
Roberto Bolano once said that “literature is the product of a strange rain of blood, sweat, semen, and tears.” In a recent interview, Indian Jewelry front man Tex Kerschen admitted to being heavily engrossed in the Mexican-Chilean author’s work during the recording of Totaled. On this, Indian Jewelry’s fourth LP, the creative synergy between Bolano and Indian Jewelry is apparent. Much of Bolano’s masterpiece, 2666, centers around the disarming grit and chaos of Santa Theresa and other NAFTA-infected border towns.