9/10 Brian Staff review, 30 May 2014
It's weird. I was listening to the Paws record and despairing that I maybe, possibly didn't like indie music anymore. It made me feel really sad. Then I heard the new Gold-Bears album on the wholly reliable American indie stalwart Slumberland Records and sat there with a big shit-eating grin on my face. Suddenly it's the early 90s again, The Wedding Present are still largely the only reason for me to get out of bed in the morning. Guitars still manically jangle, indie bands still have something pure, naive and un-cynical about them; an identity and earthy passion.
Gold-Bears are led by a chap from old Atlanta psych-popsters The Plastic Mastery and that R-E-A-L classicist vibe is present; the one that encompasses the intoxicating power of bands such as prime-era Weddoes, NYs under-valued Versus, NZs janglist dreamers The Bats, early Modest Mouse and so many other cherished realists such as the sadly missed Standard Fare from Sheffield, June Brides and The Delgados. Maybe Comet Gain/Boyracer at their very best too? Enough fucking "comparisons" yeah? I've got a ton of pigeon holes in my cellar too. You can have them cheap, very cheap. I've lost all my pigeons though.
I don't wish to do anything like track deconstruction here. Simply put, 'Dalliance' is everything you want from an old-skool indie album plus it delivers fresh, strong and vibrant flavours whilst mixing their impeccable influences into delightful, euphoric swirling hues. A strident, heart-bursting album containing countless memorable, stirring songs for almost everyone and anyone who delights in any of the artists I've name-checked. Well worth investigation for fans of early Creation, Flying Nun and Sarah records but also, from the States, early Merge and classic-era Slumberland itself.
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