Water on Mars

Purling Hiss - Water on Mars
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2013 Ratings: #310 / 1100
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Based on 8 ratings
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March 19, 2013 / Release Date
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Water On Mars is a very impressive rock LP that easily takes Polizze and Purling Hiss to another level and bears comparison to the best of the nation’s numerous indie rock luminaries.

Drowned in Sound

I suspect it would be forcing a point to suggest this album was penned and crafted with actual commercial success in mind, yet the shifted priorities displayed during most of its 33-minute duration open up new (hypothetical) avenues.


On Water on Mars, Polizze makes an effort to show off both sides of his songwriting-- the heavy, gnarly stuff, but also the slacker-pop hooks that made Public Service Announcement stand out. 


While Purling Hiss may not being purveying unchartered territory on the musical map, it’s refreshing to see a band that can put out a very good rock record, one that is not mired by pretentiousness or a desire to do whatever it takes to cash in for popularity. 

Consequence of Sound

The studio polishing shows Polizze’s songwriting strengths, and it doesn’t change the fact that he’s writing from an open, spontaneous place.

The 405

It's a strange mixture that is capable of inducing your dirtiest daydreams and guiltiest pleasures to surface in your outermost consciousness with its reckless, unashamedly hormone-stimulating sense of fun.


The cleaner fidelity hasn’t cost the group its edge.


Love this dirty lo-fi vibe. Interesting voice

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Track List

  1. Lolita
  2. Mercury Retrograde
  3. Rat Race 
  4. Dead Again
  5. She Calms Me Down
  6. Face Down
  7. The Harrowing Wind
  8. Water on Mars
  9. Mary Bumble Bee

Year End Lists

#82/Rough Trade
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Added on: March 20, 2013