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Weekend, Jinx
(Slumberland Records)

08/29/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



If you habitually seek great retro dream-gloom, I may as well be scrawling this in charcoal on a cave wall, as this LP is already old news to you. One demographic that’d really love this is the rapidly balding Generation X, who will hear ghostly echoes of everything from Modern English (“Sirens” probably uses the same exact beat as “Melt With You”) to Wire to New Order. And by “ghostly” I’m referring to the over-reverbed shoegaze vocals of Shaun Durkan, who floats over everything with an eeriness similar to oldschool Savage Republic. It’s a new world, though, and thus these aren’t traditional verse-chorus songs — more like vibe notions stretched out to fit their respective track times. If you’re a fan of early Cure records, you’ll put this in heavy rotation, and, similarly, if you’ve been looking for a speedier brand of new-jack My Bloody Valentine with a Lilys-load of noise, your search is over. A — Eric W. Saeger





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