Based in New York City, Aye Nako has released a twelve-track full length entitled ‘Silver Haze’. This is their second full length record and contains a clever mix of rock and indie throughout the spine of the tracks, but with elements of grunge and even punk in some parts. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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After an introductory watery fragment of talking amidst sonic slurp, Aye Nako reveal themselves, villainous plot twist style, to be a slack grunge band with nifty guitar lines, dual-wielded vocals and a lot of fucked off attitude. With glockenspiels, occasionally? It’s hard to tell through all the distortion but I certainly hope so, because it makes me think they’re having fun.
‘Silver Haze’ follows up self-released ‘Unleash Yourself’ and reveals a band deep into their modern grunge studies: they remind me, quite obviously, of Speedy Ortiz, merely in the way their guitars knot themselves up and then unwind in one spectacular motion. There’s a bit of Built to Spill in their tone, too, with bait and switch riffs rising and then divesting into other momentary ruminations. “Nightcrawler” keeps me guessing five times over, somehow holding onto a hooking chorus while creating a handful of unrelated riffs I wanna hear again.
I love when moody, chunky grunge sounds weirdly bright, and through the low-end stupor and sludgy guitars of “The Gift of Hell” the band still sound weirdly uplifting, their guitars winding ever upwards. “Arrow Island” moves, agitated, between excitement and gloom, while “Maybe She’s Bored With It” has the most jubilantly anthemic riffs I’ve heard in this tone maybe ever. It’s like if Iron Maiden made sinewy indie pop grunge. A whole bunch of catchiness in a record a lot more complex and nosediving underneath. Hats off.
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