Tuff Love have always had a lo-fi ethos but their sound is more polished. Dreggs EP follows on from their two highly regarded EPs Junk and Dross and their Record Store Day 7” single Groucho. Dreggs is a pristine piece of DIY indie pop and could be their best yet. 10” Yellow vinyl on Lost Map.
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Yellow coloured vinyl 5-track 10" EP + lyric map on Lost Map.
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Savvily self-deprecating themselves ahead of a new press cycle, Tuff Love have called their newest 10" EP ‘Dregs’, possibly to prepare people for the fact it spans five songs and under twenty minutes of music. As ever, it sounds like Tuff Love doling out a couple thoughts for free: with the same rough-edged indie rock that makes Alex G and Sauna Youth sound so good, they murmur-harmonise their way through songs. A handful of chords and a hint of jangle, it’s all you need to save the world and/or keep it adequately on its axis.
The best moments in Tuff Love’s music are where they get a little too hyped for themselves: “Threads” is a propelling and euphorically riffed song that still sticks with the band’s trademark whispers: the music sounds like it’s heating up, preparing for something on the other end of the spectrum, but the band stay quiet and cautious as their melodies begin to light up. “Amphibian” has a mushy chord sequence that’s navigated by wacky ‘n’ tacky drum fills before the band hit on a nifty ‘lil guitar lick Robert Pollard might have played with. These little nuggets deserve the spotlight the band give them, and they make ‘Dregs’ an unbelievably pleasant listen; I can’t think of a band more unbelievably pleasant than this one.
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