8/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 November 2011
Here's another release on the ever prolific Mexican Summer label. A record which immediately is a reviewers dream as it's very quickly comparable to two bands we know and love at the towers, namely Warpaint and Vivian Girls. The music has the laid back West Coast vibe that pervades the former's drifty epics with spindly guitars, rudimentary drums and arty female vocals that suggest a lineage harking back to Tom Tom Club et al. It's full of soft-focus strummy epics which musically suggest a more feminine take on Real Estate's surburban guitar atmospherics. The songs build slowly and effectively, have a raw garagey feel to them, the vocals are carefully layered with chanted phrases, and on the impressive 'Penobska, Oakwalk' a male voice comes into play. At times such as on 'Milo' it sounds very Feelies which of course is always a good thing and of course suggests similar Velvet Underground influences yet vocally it's probably more The Raincoats than any brooding New Yorkers.
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