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The process of doling out reviews to our various staff is more fraught than you may think. This record seems to have been knocking about forever and still we wait on the review from its once enthusiastic champion. A sequence of implausible events have scuppered it but we are not letting it get away though, no way, so September Girls, you are stuck with me.
To recap, we’ve had a few 7”s in by this Irish band over the last few months, all of which seem to flow quite effortlessly into your parcels. Press pics depict a group aesthetically somewhere betwixt The Bangles, The Runaways and Girls Aloud but their sound is a distinctly unglamorous but in- vogue slew of subterranean dream pop and fuzzy indie noise with sweet 60’s influenced harmonies yet nasty enough to at least consider stealing Amelia Fletcher’s teddy bear.
The opening title track references great 90’s hopes Lush with its distinctly shoegaze production values and layered vocals, its all Bobby Gillespie floor tom and snare drum patterns, buzzsaw bass, Phil Spector-in-a-sink walls of guitar scree and echoey girl group vocals. Both ’Another Love Song’ and ‘Left Behind’ feature eerie guitar motifs recall The Cramps, Fuzzbox or early My Bloody Valentine so its not all Vivian Girls style frothy pop. On the contrary, tracks like ‘Left Behind’ conjur up spooky atmospheres and when things toughen up on ‘Ships’ you can hear the ghosts of the wiry post punk of early The Cure and Siouxie and the Banshees.
Their sound is really appealing, intentionally produced so that everything sits somewhere just out of reach of the listener. A few more really memorable songs would help the album stand out from the hoards of folks working in a similar genre exemplified by ‘Talking’ where an organ driven melody is topped off by impossibly catchy buried vocal line to create an album standout.
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