Beverly return with a new line-up, refreshed energy and a second album. Joined by members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Crystal Stilts, the band are more shoegaze-pop than ever, with Drew Citron’s vocals sitting at just the right place in the shimmery mix. The Blue Swell is released by Kanine.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 04 May 2016
Beverly was initially a collaboration between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose but Rose up and left upon release of their previous ‘Careers ’so Citron has been left holding the reins. Not that it seems to have made all that much different to the bands sound. It’s still the kind of sunshine pop that once in a far off galaxy was peddled by the likes of the Aislers Set.
Opener ‘Bulldozer’ passed me by in a lively manner on first listen but second time around is starting to reveal it’s colours -i.e breathy female vocals, buzzsaw guitars. In effect….Lush. However ‘Crooked Cop’ is absolutely delightful a spangly chiming pop song - one part the Byrds, one part the Stone Roses one part Vivian Girls. If this music was fed into our air conditioning units then we wouldn’t be weeping at our desks quite so much.
Elsewhere it’s like a smorgasbord of 60’s influenced pop people ‘Victoria; reminds me of Apples in Stereo and has a lovely plaintive chorus, ‘South Collins’ is reverbed drenched summer pop in the manner of early Best Coast, ‘Contact’ is chunkier like Lush with Johnny Marr on guitar. On and on it goes, happy songs, sad songs but all dreamy and West Coast sounding (despite them hailing from the chillier east).
This is a really confident album of hook laden guitar pop and with members of Crystal Stilts and the Pains of Pure of Heart in tow hopefully this will reach the audience it deserves.
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