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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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
Reader Rating: (9 Votes)

We Need Secrets – ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ [EXCLUSIVE]

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We Need Secrets are here to make your day! It’s the pet project of Nova Scotia’s Chad Peck (of Kestrels, Noyes Records fame) and we’re happy to present an exclusive stream of the debut album ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ – out this week. It features guest appearances by ANGO, Elliott Frazier (Ringo Deathstarr), Paul Brown (Kestrels), and Aim Low‘s Omar Husain. Shellac’s Bob Weston handled mastering duties and Elliott mixed the record.

As you’ll hear below, Chad has really worked his ass off to make this a great album. It’s a colourful collection of well conceived shoegaze with all the fuzz, reverb and noise you could hope for! Order your copy of ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ via Saint Marie Records on limited clear glitter vinyl, standard black and CD here or digital. Recommended listening!
 
We Need Secrets – ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ [EXCLUSIVE]

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Elika – ‘Secrets’

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Elika returns with part two of the ‘Girls, Be Serious’ trilogy featuring the a-side ‘Secrets’. The group has been crafting beautiful dream pop for almost a decade, in that time they’ve toured the globe and supported veteran shoegazers Asobi Seksu and Ulrich Schnauss. The Brooklyn-based project is known for the hypnotic vocals of Evangelia Maravelias, together with maestro Brian Wenkebach. But now they’re a four piece with the addition of Mahogany‘s Khaya Lou and Andrew Kwasny. Pick up the new 7inch via Saint Marie Records or grab a digital copy here.

 
Elika – ‘Secrets’

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Lightfoils – ‘Hierarchy’

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Lightfoils first full length ‘Hierarchy’ arrives this week via Saint Marie (vinyl / digital) and wow what an album! The Chicago-based five piece have taken the time to get it right (since the release of their 2012 debut EP). This is a much more expansive outfit, that was clear from the lead single ‘Diastolic‘.

‘Hierarchy’ shines the spotlight on Jane Zabeth’s vocals which cover a lot of melodic ground. It’s not a straight up shoegaze record but guitarists Neil and Zeeshan create the kind of textural backdrop you’d normally associate with the genre. It’s inventive work, especially on the stand outs ‘Addict’ and ‘Mock Sun’. Together they’ve crafted a mature album, intricate but not over polished. It sits somewhere in dream pop land and should appeal to indie pop/rock lovers in general.

‘Passage’ is a slow motion rocker with lovely warm reverb, the opening is a little reminiscent of The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now’. It arrives at a point in the album where something different is needed and Lightfoils don’t drop the ball. ‘Track 7 (no title)’ opens with angelic sounds that blend into drone, a perfect interlude for the later half of the LP. ‘Alovetodestroy’ kicks the energy level right back up before rounding out with ‘Hideaway’ and ‘Track 10 (no title)’. It’s a great mix of energy levels and breaks for air, an album in the traditional sense. If you’re a fan of big swooning vocals and guitar haze then ‘Hierarchy’ is a no-brainer, one of the better dream pop/shoegaze records of the year so far.
 
Lightfoils – ‘Hierarchy’

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PRO'S
  • Diverse LP with wide appeal
  • Loads of melodic dream pop on offer!
3.9Overall Score
Reader Rating: (19 Votes)

Lightfoils – ‘Diastolic’ [Premiere]

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Lightfoils have returned with news of their debut album ‘Hierarchy’ (out next month)! Lead single ‘Diastolic’ was unveiled on DKFM radio this week and now we have the online debut. The Chicago-based five piece look to deliver one of the most exciting shoegaze records of the year. It’s easy to believe given the strength of their 2012 debut EP. Lightfoils includes former Airiel members Zeeshan Abbasi (guitar), John Rungger (drums) and Cory Osborne on bass (also of Panda Riot) together with Jane Zabeth (vocals) and Neil Yodnane (guitar). In the producer’s chair is Sanford Parker, known for his work producing Chicago’s heaviest acts. Pick up ‘Hierarchy’ on July 7 (world), July 8 (USA) through Saint Marie Records (pre-order).

 
Lightfoils – ‘Diastolic’ [Premiere]

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