Shoegazing dream pop from aussie four piece Flyying Colours. Drunging and hugely layered vocals and catchy sunny riffs that are so drenched in reverb they sound like you’re being played at from a large shipping container. Floating away with the Melbourne sun, but grounded by solid bass and snapping drums.
LP £15.99 AC3013061
180g splatter vinyl, gatefold LP on Club AC30.
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The label really don't like it when we don't like their records so it's a good job prolific Aussie shoegaze hopefuls make an absolute racket on the opening track of this their debut album. I feel that here they've moved on somewhat from their earlier EP's with a better know-how when it comes to dynamics, probably helped by the addition of a rhythm section. Who knew?
They've previously sat at the noisier end of the shoegaze spectrum with lots of nods towards Smashing Pumpkins and the like and are unafraid to put a wibbling guitar solo in either bless 'em. I'm pretty keen on 'Long Holiday' which shows that they have a softer touch despite the drums which really bash away like a pig in a home furnishings store. 'This Is What You Wanted' trundles on with a marriage of glacial and distorted guitars but it's the thunderous drumming which really makes these songs take off. Having made the earlier Smashing Pumpkins comparison I'm feeling I may have egg on my face as tracks like '1987' are feather-lite and breezy, skipping along tunefully like a shoegaze lamb.
I could do with a bit more racket and skree to be honest and it get's a bit moribund at times to the point that I forgot it was playing. Howeverwhile there's nothing here that hasn't already been done in 1989 this is a pleasant jog through everything that is enjoyable about shoegaze and dream pop.
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