RELEASE: Your Face Sideways
RELEASE DATE: 16/09/15
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Baltimore’s Wildhoney undoubtedly nod now and then to the big dreampoppers with whom they share a hometown, beautiful Beach House, but it’s safe to say that they take a lot of influence from across the pond too. Slowdive, The Smiths and the Sundays all seep pleasingly from the cutely-titled Your Face Sideways, a glorious collection of sparkly sounds that almost have a power-pop propulsion. There’s little prevarication here, these tunes know where they are going.
Opener Ceiling Fan bounces in full of energy with its Marr-esque jangle. Laura follows in a fine tradition of shoegaze songs with (posh?) girl’s names. It’s a lovely melody-layered wedge of dream pop that deliciously erupts. Propelled by booming bass, Slow Motion rolls along on a swooping guitar squall. Despite the melancholy of the lyrics, ‘It hurts to hear your name. I just wanna die.’ Hurts to Hear powers along with flying bass and a sparkly guitar that calls to mind The Vaselines at their peak. Thin Air crashes in with everything soaring but it is the bass that cements this as the shoegaze centrepiece of this EP, it drives, in anchors, it gets gritty. Absolutely gorgeous. Epic closing track FSAII is something of a departure to the rest of the EP. At a whopping 12 mins, it’s an ambient, but far from aimless, layering of beautiful noises that reverberate around the cranium and take us off somewhere else, somewhere good. And isn’t that what we’re all after?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.