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Cold Pumas are one of a huge great crop of exceptional youthful DIY bands appearing in the UK lately with variously weighted mixes of ‘90s lo-fi indie, kraut-psych and noise-pop for what’s turning into quite a defined hypnofuzz aesthetic...Sauna Youth, Hookworms, Vision Fortune, Nope etc...it’s only a matter of time before some genius at the NME comes up with a clever name for it (suggestions on a postcard - my current front-runner is “powerkraut”) and all of a sudden it’ll be a “movement”, you mark my words.
This trio’s sound falls somewhere between dreamy Sonic Youth-esque repeato shimmer and punchy Urusei Yatsura-ish fuzzpop, with a penchant for locking into pulsating, chiming hypnokraut grooves. We’ve had a couple of singles in from them previously which seemed really promising, and I remember being impressed when I saw them last year, but I wasn’t ready for how full and complete this album would sound. This kind of repetitive sound can take a longer record to really be able to make its impression. Texturally it harks back to the classic power-pop of the grunge era (particularly SY) but those weighty repeato vibes make it sound totally current at the same time.
Although just a three-piece there’s a very dense sound here, with the guitar often splintered into bright, warm, trebly walls of metallic fuzz which shimmer hazily over the clanking, pulsating rhythm section grooves. There’s a bit towards the end of ‘The Modernist Crown’ where it all kicks off and it’s totally triumphant.As an album it all fits together perfectly and I can see myself listening to this for years to come. I can’t think of a better album from a British band all year in fact. Totally bonkers Hockney-esque portrait of the band by Flo Brooks on the inner sleeve too. It’s a beautiful record and a future classic.
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