By Dan Epstein
L.A.'s Jigsaw Seen obviously feels a great affinity for the darker side of late-'60s British psych-pop - think
the Bee Gees' "Every Christian Lion-Hearted Man Will Show You" crossed with the Move's "Cherry
Blossom Clinic" - but merely recreating the bad trips of Swinging London isn't quite where they're at, baby.
While Syd Barrett and his paisley-fried counterparts found their inspiration in Lewis Carroll and Victorian
fairy tales, Zenith harks back to the Puritan settlements of 17th-century New England with its dour sense of
humor and cold-eyed fury. Guitarist Jonathan Lea's jangling twelve-strings and echoing e-bows conjure up
visions of barren trees and ghostly apparitions. Don't be fooled by the cheekily retro cover art: this
is definitely a record to haunt houses to.