EP REVIEW | Exiles – I’ve Got Secrets Too


ARTIST: Exiles

RELEASE: I’ve Got Secrets Too

RELEASE DATE: 28/08/15

RECORD COMPANY: Beautiful Strange & Dufflecoat Records

New York is famed for its epic music scene. Especially the underground lo-fi shoegazing & post punk scene that it has nurtured with great results over the past 18 months & sent various different bands with varying psychedelic sounds across the pond to our waiting ears. These bands have not only graced the Primal Music Blog pages but have also appeared up on rotation via Primal Radio due to their absolute awesomeness! Exiles are one of those bands! They are a Brooklyn based lo-fi, surf pop outfit with hints of dreamy shoegaze intertwined with solid dreampop inspired vocal arrangements. They began life as a home recording project between Moire Echo and Matt Sklar & quickly grew to a five-piece with Myles Peterson on bass, Michael Hendley on guitar and keys and Don Lavis on drums. They’ve just released the ‘I’ve Got Secrets Too’ EP via Beautiful Strange & Dufflecoat Records respectively.


The EP opens up with a stomping track full of lovely swirling shoegazing qualities! ‘Dawn Patrol’ shimmers with jangling guitar lines & a bass line to die for but its the vocal lines that grab this track by the scruff of the neck & launches it through walls of reverberating musical loveliness. Stunningly beautiful dreampop esq vocal tones make this track loop & arc all over the musical canvass. It’s a corker of a track & possibly my favourite on this whole EP. Track 2 ‘Love & War’ has a touch of the 80’s emanating from its jangling intro! Its beginnings are reminiscent to me of ‘The Smiths’. Something off ‘Meat is Murder’ maybe? I’m almost sure I can hear Johnny Marr in there somewhere? The guitar lines are the standout parts for me on this track. Up next is another cracking track! ‘Photograph’ sluggishly creeps into the musical atmosphere with its addictive drum pattern, swirling guitar parts & yet another stand out vocal performance. It has that traditional addictive dreampop vocal arrangement that keeps the listener interested as the instrumentation carries the track to its finality. Very cool indeed & worth listening to on headphones. The closing track on this brand new 4 track release from New York natives ‘Exiles’ is called ‘Subtle Attack’. Leaning more towards the poppy side of things this time than the previous 3 tracks but amazingly produced all the same & again its the vocal track that has me transfixed. The vocal arrangement on this EP is as equally impressive as the stunning vocal tones of Shauna McLarnon from Canadian based nugazers ‘Ummagma’

Overall ‘Exiles’ have a unique sound that skips from jangling lo-fi into swirling shoegaze & dreampop with aplomb. Worth every second of a listen. 








Del Chaney

Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.

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