10/10 Mike Staff review, 09 May 2014
Ahhhh, fuzz. Not to complain about my lot in life or anything but Perfect Pussy 7" aside I've not heard enough distorted guitars this week...until now! Trouble In Mind have sprung to the rescue with this triumphantly enjoyable debut by London bedroom pop newcomer Tyler Zypreska, whose opening instrumental 'Shooting Chickens' has fuzz by the bucketload, a simple and uplifting rock-out with a chunky, joyous chord sequence distorted into a buzzing shimmer.
That's only the beginning too, this whole album is packed with red-hot pop hooks, scattered shamelessly in a way rarely seen since the late '90s, and a driving, restless energy. After the opener things do head in a more synthpop direction, with most of the songs being led by a shuddering drum machine, but even the synths are often overdriven and hot-sounding. He really doesn't shy away from bold, bright, distorted tones. In places like like the Tuneyards-esque 'Neon Crush' it gets perhaps a bit cheesy, but even then it's still focused and genuinely likeable.
This kid has an amazing ear for a pop song, I'm a bit knocked sideways by this album, such a bold and unapologetic sound would often irritate me I think, but at their heart these are just great songs, full of character and unironic wide-eyed enthusiasm. Weezer's 'Blue Album' and the Exploding Hearts' 'Shattered' are springing to mind in places, that great mix of perfect pop songwriting and garage production and mindblowing consistency...but some of the '80s synth and drum machine sounds are making me think of John Maus. Surprise smash of the week.
Where on earth are Trouble in Mind finding these reclusive prodigies? We're not even halfway through the year and they've already put out two of the best debuts of recent memory in this and Morgan Delt's. Hats off.
5/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 9th May 2014
"Blame it all on today’s ready access to the likes of doom techno and power drone if you will, but throwaway fuzz-pop can all-too-easily seem lightweight. Zypreska’s fuzz filter however is used as might anyone upon receipt of their first effects pedal and the result is little more than an all-encompassing apology." For the full review see: http://www.sicmagazine.net/7394/31o8-31o8-draft/
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