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You know you can sometimes click play on a compact disc player and you know that something is going to be good. Occasionally I’m wrong, very, very wrong but this debut album from this Atlanta 5 piece immediately has a sound that is satisfying on the ear, that is, if you enjoy delayed, reverbed guitars, cymbal washes and vocals all shades Cocteau Twins.
Opener ‘Dark Flow’ features all these things in abundance. I thought there must be a female vocalist but can’t see one on the list nor in the band photo nor in the band picture though some of the men have long hair just to confuse things further so presumably its a Sigur Ros style high pitched man. ‘Pathos Y Lagrimas’ sounds like an Interpol who have grown up on John Carpenter soundtracks, the middle bit sounding particularly like something 80’s, a nagging vocal melody that is doing my head in. It could, in fact, be something by Coldplay but don’t let that put you off.
Amongst all the plangent synth work they use some lovely New Order like guitar twangs, especially toward the fade of the track. They sound a little like a Washed Out version of US janglers The Witch Hazel Sound, a comparison that will probably mean nothing to anyone so I’ll say instead that the mouthful that is ‘Come Lay Down In Lined Arrangements’ is heavily reverbed drench Cocteau Twins aping take on drifty US rock, occasionally recalling fellow Atlanta lads Deerhunter particularly the sound they churned out ‘Halycon Digest’ pre losing the plot. At times the reverb is a little suffocating but overall this is a strong 80’s inspired effort.
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