These indie warblers made a mini-shambles with their excellent record record Blessed, so it's to the good that Walter TV are back to make another dream-sequence ruckus. Veering slightly more towards a professional production than past endeavours, they continue to pack hooks in a sound that paraphrases the indie lexicon in corners containing Modest Mouse and the Figurines.
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A couple of this lot did a long stretch as part of Mac De Marco's backing band but have somehow lived to tell the tale and make this inventive album of wobbly indie and dream pop which veers across the dial of the last decades most notable starlets. On 'Graceland' they are Animal Collective - a wacky rush of guitar chords hurtling at you like a Mac De Marco backing band member running for the launderette. They have the same kind of lo-fi sound as fellow De Marco escapee Homeshake but whilst he mellows in front of the TV, Walter TV seem to be whacked out on E numbers and sprawled across the carpet. On 'Laura Palmer' a rubbery bass takes the lead whilst watery guitars try to keep up the high pitched vocals ensuring that this is this week's thing that sounds a bit like Thinking fellers (tm).
It's often quite gorgeous - the heat haze of 'Last Year' has hawaiian guitars picking out sun streamed melodies whilst someone who sounds like Avey Tare sings over. It's definitely derivative in that you can hear exactly what they've been playing in the van bit this is a lot of off kilter fun.
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