Tagged: shoegaze

Jandergan – Tilted Heads EP

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Indie // Ambient Math Rock

Self Released – July 11, 2017

Lexington’s Jandergan released their new EP, Tilted Heads last week, and celebrated on Saturday with an album release show with ATTEMPTTilted Heads is the first new music from Jandergan in a couple years – it follows up another EP from 2014, Neighbor, as well as “Two is Glue,” a single from 2015.

“Waxwing” leads off the EP, and almost immediately, it’s noticeably more intense than much of what I’d head from them. The band’s five members nimbly maneuver through mathy sections, crashing them in to one another with ease – the latter half of the song sets up a great guitar duet that races faster and faster toward the end of the song. The EP’s title track is quick and disorienting, building through one dense section toward another, before suddenly settling into a dreamy, lengthy outro. “Good Mourning (for David)” is a touching meditation on a person’s final moments, and a great example of the band’s ability to play and compose beautifully. Despite slowing things down for this track, Jandergan maintains an intensity and tightness in their timekeeping, which only further adds to the haziness of things. Fading in from the previous song, “Anxious for a Change” mixes in synthesized bass and distantly distorted guitars to great effect as the band explores distrust and discontent of our society, singing “don’t ask what keeps everybody so … anxious for a change.” “Sleepless Decisions” brings the album to a close – after a wildly fast intro, it changes colors into something much dreamier, before carrying the EP with lots of momentum towards a great ending.

Tilted Heads is richly captured EP of complex songs – dense sections with many busy parts never get bogged down, and it’s great to be able to listen in on each individual’s part. The group is talented, pulling off complicated chord and rhythm changes with seeming ease, allowing the music to sound effortless. Those who’ve heard Jandergan before this will likely notice some changes to the sound here. They’ve expanded at either end of their dramatic range – sections of high intensity stretch even higher, and the more serene moments are more beautiful and further developed than ever before.

Tracks I Liked: Waxwing!!, Tilted Heads!, Good Mourning (for David)!!!, Sleepless Decisions!

Ben Southworth – July 16, 2017 – Post Road

Cherry Crush – Turning EP

a4113413924_10Scuzzy Shoegaze

Self-Released January 6, 2017

Cherry Crush’s first release, DEMOS, came out nearly two years ago, experimenting with different approaches to their sound. Since then, the band has solidified their sound into something more instantly recognizable as their own – Turning is a testament to this. The tracks here are compact and flooded in grungy guitar chords, chugging basslines and drums, echoey lead guitar, with reverby vocals placed prominently in front. “How it Goes” starts the EP with this sound, as vocalist Drew Slone sings “I can’t seem to find the way how to make it on my own … I guess that’s just how it goes.” My favorite on the EP is “Made in America,” whose chorus “made in America, born with a loaded gun … think I’m the only one that matters” has been rattling around in my head over the last week. The EP’s title track, “Turning,” is the shortest of the bunch, and another of my favorites – the lead guitar imitates the lonely lyrics “broke into your house last night … I don’t wanna die alone.” The EP’s six songs span just twenty minutes, but further establish a strong presence for the band’s sound and lyrical tone – those that liked DEMOS should enjoy Turning as well – it’s a very strong, concise, great-sounding release.

Tracks I Liked: How it Goes!, Made in America!!!, No Control!, Turning!!

Ben Southworth – January 15, 2017 – Kenwick Place