We Need Secrets – ‘Melancholy And The Archive’

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We Need Secrets‘ debut album ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ has officially landed (available through Saint Marie Records / Noyes Records / Digital here). It’s time to take a closer look at the record following the album stream last month. We Need Secrets is the solo project of Canada’s Chad Peck, who is also the singer/guitarist for fuzz pop trio Kestrels. Plus, he founded Noyes “noise” Records almost a decade ago. In other words, Chad’s no newcomer and it shows!

There’s a heap of guest talent on the album, including Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier on the mixing board and guitar (‘The Archive’). Plus Kestrel’s Paul Brown on drums (along with Aim Low‘s Omar Husain) and Ango on programming. Mastering was completed by Shellac’s Bob Weston. Despite the many hands and recording locations, it’s a cohesive sounding record with grit! All of the shoegaze hallmarks are on offer, with dense fuzzy textures, tremolo overloads and sunken vocals. It’s a head nod to classic acts like the Swirlies, Lilys, Chapterhouse and Drop Nineteens. It’s dripping with 80s/90s nostalgia but there’s enough fresh twists to keep the listener invested. After all, these songs are loads of fun.

Album opener ‘How You Remember’ combines ‘gazey guitars with strong vocal hooks. It plays out like a lost college rock song. Fans of Built To Spill or Pavement will be right at home! ‘Months Like Years’ and ‘Melancholy’ ring out like Ringo Deathstarr, with a playful mix of punk and bendy guitars. There’s a familiarity to the whole album that makes it easy to fall for. So much so that the obvious influences become irrelevant, like discovering a classic album you missed the first time round. That feeling will be strongest with a certain audience, for those who grew up with the same albums that influenced this one.

Lyrically there’s a theme of reflection too, these ideas are wound into tight pop formation (mostly around the three minute mark). Which means the album doesn’t lose pace, it’s a sonic rush til you hit the closing track ‘Cycles’. ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ doesn’t overindulge or strike at great depths but it’s a brilliant pairing of indie rock and shoegaze that’s hard not to love. It’s an album you’ll return to – recommended listening!
 
We Need Secrets – ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ [Album Stream]

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We Need Secrets - 'Melancholy And The Archive'
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PRO'S
  • Well crafted noise pop!
  • Loads of fun
  • Impressive guest talent
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  • Is nostalgia a bad thing? Perhaps for some.
3.9Overall Score
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What Moon Things – ‘Squirrel Girl’

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New York rockers What Moon Things have delivered their self-titled album via Hot Grits (digital / LP pre-sale). Earlier in the year we had a listen to ‘Doesn’t Make Much Sense‘ and today we can jump into their latest video for ‘Squirrel Girl’ (via Brooklyn Vegan). The trio blend post punk and shoegaze with garage rock rawness! What Moon Things continue their USA tour next month, check Facebook for dates.

 
What Moon Things – ‘Squirrel Girl’

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My Bloody Valentine – ‘Live In 1987′

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Christopher Lloyd has uploaded vintage footage of My Bloody Valentine on stage in 1987! It’s taken from the late Jon Beast’s personal VHS collection. It’s a rough and rare “before they were famous” glimpse at a young MBV still finding their feet (without whammy bars)! To provide some context, this show would’ve been one of the first performances with the newly recruited Bilinda Butcher (following the departure of lead singer David Conway). The EP’s ‘Geek!’ and ‘The New Record by My Bloody Valentine’ would’ve been available at the time, with ‘Ecstasy’ just around the corner. In 1987 the band released the singles ‘Sunny Sundae Smile’ and ‘Strawberry Wine’. The foursome’s debut album ‘Isn’t Anything’ wasn’t released until the following year. Time warp!

 
My Bloody Valentine – ‘Live In 1987′

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The Death Of Pop – ‘Fifths’

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This week The Death of Pop release their jangly five track collection ‘Fifths’ on the heels of the lead singles ‘Whenever‘ and ‘Mirage‘ (which are bound to wear out some grooves). The London team (three brothers and two cousins) make music that has a lush, textured quality. Building gazey walls of summery, brightly compressed guitars and dreamy, echoing vocals – a family of psych-loving songwriters!

The opening half highlights the best of the band – booming and brilliant, with layers of jangling guitars dancing between infectiously twangy bridges. The vocals are clear and lovely throughout the tracks, somehow distinctly English, at times reminding me of The Stone Roses given a heavy ‘chorus’ treatment. The tracks are tight and fresh, bound to hook listeners in by the time ‘Mirage’ hits. It melts energetically into a droning psychedelic sea that breaks with the delightfully bare acoustic opening of the lovable ‘Key of Three.’ It’s a sweet change of pace that hints at the groups vocal and tune writing talents.

There’s a bit of a timeless quality to The Death of Pop’s fabulous new EP. There’s also a disparate nature to the collection, as if the band set out in a jangle time-machine. The jumpy transition during ‘Key of Three’, for example, is jarring enough to make one speculate which of the brothers (or was it a cousin?) switched reels while making the master. It’s fun, as is the chill, synth-laden closer ‘Circles’ but it’ll throw some listeners for a loop. It’s imaginative and daring, if uneven. There’s a lot to love in each song, and when Death of Pop hits their stride, they make waves. [By Dave Lytton]

Check out Death of Pop @ Facebook @ Bandcamp @ Soundcloud with limited run ‘Fifths’ “flexizine ep” @ Art is Hard Records.

 

 

Medicine – ‘Turning’

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Veteran rockers Medicine will release their new album ‘Home Everywhere’ on October 28 through Captured Tracks. The San Fernando trio have posted the lead single ‘Turning’, an experimental psych pop piece. Following the release of Medicine’s reunion album ‘To The Happy Few’ last year, the group continued recording. The result is nine fresh tracks, part Brazilian-inspired noise pop and part experimental drones! Guitarist Brad Laner tells Exclaim! about the title track, an “11-and-a-half-minute, multi-part album-within-an-album which begins as a sprightly celebration of domestic bliss and ends with a comely invitation to leave the planet.”

 
Medicine – ‘Turning’

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