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Here’s the debut EP from the latest of these London indiepop types to come out of London playing indiepop, Fever Dream. They specialise in the slightly feedbacky, chiming dreamgazey rock music made popular in the early 1990s by bands like Ride and the Jesus & Mary Chain, guitars sometimes fuzzed to crackling ethereal smears, other times more of a forceful hi-gain jangle, wistful melodic vocals and pointed, clanking cyclic basslines, it’s reminding me in places of a slightly darker and grungier take on Teenage Fanclub’s gentle fuzzpop simplicity.
On first listen ‘Suspense’ is standing out as a clever The Fall-meets-Echo & The Bunnymen bit of unhinged lo-fi pop fun, but there’s nothing here I actively dislike. ‘Poyekhali!’ gets nicely noisy towards the end reminding me of Sonic Youth or Manchester’s Easter.
In the more upbeat moments there’s kind of a shambly C86 feel and the singer reminds me of the guy from the Pheromoans in places which is cool. It really does sound like a record which came out 20 years ago but it’s well done and the tunes are good.
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