By Will Hermes
July 07, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Happy New Year

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Roughly 10 years down the road, Brooklyn’s Oneida remain one of indie rock’s most impressively mutable bands. Happy New Year surveys the latest underground flavors: freak folk (”Busy Little Bee”), ’70s prog (”Thank Your Parents”), slow-build anthems (”The Adversary”), and psychedelic garage rock (”Up With People”). But Oneida still imprint each song with their own warped sensibility, often with an undertow of synthesizer dissonance or other clatter that seems at cross-purposes with the music — until you realize the conflict is what makes it so mesmerizing.

Happy New Year

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