‘Whine of the Mystic’ is the first full-length album from Nap Eyes, recorded live, straight to tape with no effects or overdubs. This recording style complements the ethos of the playing which is confidently economical in a way that reminds me of the instantly addictive bass lines of Kim Deal. For fans of The Clean, The Verlaines or The Go-Betweens.
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Another band who I suspect have been listening to the Flying Nun ‘In Love With These Times’ compilation. Despite coming from Halifax (Nova Scotia not West Yorkshire) they sounds more like a Dunedin band. Opener ‘Dark Creedence’ sets out its stall with a pulsating bass line, skewed guitars and a Lou Reed style vocal delivery that has you hanging on their every word. It’s taut, it’s angular and it sounds a lot like the Clean. They ain’t going to be one trick wonders though, whilst ‘Make Something is a potentially album derailing ballad, ‘Tribal Thoughts’ breezes along at a fair rate of knots and recalls this week’s heroes Triptides.
The album seems to veer between sludgy slow moving tracks which unfurl themselves creepily and upbeat ragged pop glory. ‘No Man Needs to Care’ sounds like a future two chord classic in the making - it’s kind of like Morrissey fronting the Modern Lovers. Yup it’s fair to say that if you like early Go Betweens, Herman Dune and Wave Pictures you are absolutely going to love this. The sun-glassed shadow of the Velvet Underground is never far away particularly on ‘Dreaming Solo’ which also adds Syd Barrett styled glissando guitar into the mix.
Much to love throughout this enjoyable and addictive record.
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