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28 Degrees Taurus, All the Stars in Your Eyes
self-released, June 25, 2010

03/21/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



I babbled something the other week about having finally retrieved a bunch of local CDs from my hilariously overstuffed, spiderweb-draped inbox, so on let’s slog. This unsigned Boston duo-plus-revolving-door-drummer caught my jaundiced eye with their promises of… let’s see, ambient/psychedelic with side orders of country and disco. Like me, you’d be all like “huh?” upon hearing the truth behind those claims, as this is more a three-way between Versus, Asobi Seksu and Sonic Youth, the kind of stuff most people either give a chance to grow on them, or delete from their iPod with extreme prejudice. I chose the former, and it did prove to have a catchy side — I suppose most people, if coerced to write a bullet review, would mumble something about un-pro girlie vocals over the guitar sound from the first Cult album. So there you have the for-dummies version: singer/bassplayer Karina DeCosta’s voice is shoegaze-waifish, airy and doped-up, not a dead-nuts-perfect fit for Jinsen Liu’s rocked-up Sonic Youth guitar structures, but — and I do seem to be saying stuff like this more and more lately — there’ve been far worse things in music than what was going on at the Channel club in Boston during the Mission of Burma era. Download the whole album for free at http://28degreestaurus.bandcamp.com B —Eric W. Saeger






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