|Add Date:||2019-01-28|| ||Pull Date:||2019-04-01|| |
|Week Ending:||10 Feb||3 Feb|
Murder! is the sixth and first record in over 15 years by the legendary Santa Cruz shoegaze band Bethany Curve. Ethereal pop exercises soaked in reverb and melancholy. Stirring comeback. |
Something else from the music blog post-punk.com:
Bethany Curve was at the peak of their powers in the early 2000s, releasing the reverb-drenched Flaxen in 2003 before vanishing without much of a trace. Since then, the band has taken time to recalibrate and craft their sixth release, kicking off with lead-track “Frontier,” which was released via Soundcloud in mid-November. Each track on the record is a reflective meditation on dreaming, pieced together through the band’s surrealist soundscape and Richard Millang (mastermind of the group)’s passionate lyrics.
RIYL: Slowdive, Los Kowalski, Swervedriver, Ride and Catherine Wheel.
Recommended Tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9
1. (6:35) **I’m Alive – Slow/medium tempo. Spotless reverb driven guitars, inspired vocals, intense sonic tension. Playable cut.
2. (4:15) ***Dreamland – Slow/medium tempo. Similar to previous recording. I love the rhythmic change halfway through the track. Another playable cut.
3. (4:40) **Frontier – Slow/medium tempo. Classic shoegaze characteristics here. Entrancing guitar sounds.
4. (4:20) **Wake Up! – Medium tempo. I like the melody, the bassline, the tempos, and the guitar solo. Cool track.
5. (4:58) Lust – Slow/medium tempo. Atmospheric. Guitar reverb effects everywhere. Reminds me of early, early The Verve.
6. (7:22) Miss Displacement – Slow/medium tempo. Long, dramatic and with a slow-fast tempo treatment constantly overlapping the piece.
7. (8:19) **Glory – Slow/medium tempo. Notable sonic buildup driven by layers of reverb, vocal interventions and a steady supply of slow-fast drumming tension. Like crossing a long tunnel on a train after midnight.
8. (6:08) She Died – Medium/slow tempo. More classic shoegaze characteristics here. Another set of entrancing guitar sounds.
9. (6:01) Cruiser – Slow tempo. A calmer track that explodes in intensity halfway there.
10. (8:02) *The Solution – Slow/medium tempo. More spotless reverb driven guitars, inspired vocals and intense sonic tension here. Great conclusion.