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Hand-stamped split 7" with download code.
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We’ve got this split 7” this week from office favourites Triptides and Laser Background, who I’ve never heard of. I’m listening to the Laser Background side first because I’m pretty sure I’ll like the Triptides one so I’m saving that for dessert. Thankfully this side is good anyway, it’s a lolloping bit of pop with cleverly layered vocals, cheeky interplay between guitar and organ and a clear and confident beat. It’s got elements of the Beach Boys and other early vocal surf troupes you might find on ‘Pebbles Vol. 4’, but with a bit of a quirky They Might Be Giants-esque feel to the bold and dry delivery. I like it.
Over to the other A side then, with Triptides doling out a perfect bit of jangly slacker pop with breathy, dreamy verses which subtly shift into a more pounding chorus with some nice guitar work in a strangely thin, watery tone. Halfway through there’s a tense build-up which explodes into rock for a moment and then goes into a whole new dreamy section. It’s quite an unusually structured song, I like how it just kind of goes off the rails halfway through rather than returning to the verse-chorus formula. Both good songs, then.
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