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Nightjacket, Eternal Phase (self-released)




Nightjacket, Eternal Phase (self-released)
CD Reviews: October 8, 2015

10/08/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Nightjacket, Eternal Phase (self-released)

I can tell you the next step in the evolution of my aesthetic taste, despite my undying devotion to Raveonettes — it’s going to be a newfound distaste for dream pop, a field that seems to fill up more and more every time I turn around. However, the nine-song debut release from this L.A. dream-pop act won’t have any bearing on my turncoating; they’re very good without overly relying on skronky feedback washouts to pronounce their surf-and-angst beach-noise-indie. Nope, the more I dig on this the better I like it — they’re actually more like a mellowed-out Garbage on “It’s Alright,” unabashedly flaunting the tune’s sticky AOR hook as though it were 1989 all over again. No, the title track is where the Ennio Morricone beach-blanket spaghetti rears up, but not so much that it’s a smeared mess; the guitar’s got a hangover, yeah, but the drums are in no-frills studio mode — it sounds like Florence Welch fronting Spacemen 3 if you want a few handy words. Before I forget, singer Jordan Wiggins is opera-trained, which explains a few things here. Quite the powerful career kickoff for this band. A





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