Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tears Run Rings
Distance (Clairecords)
release: August 24, 2010
style: dream pop, shoegaze
similar: Daysleepers, Soundpool, Sky Drops
rating: ***] Few of the contemporary dreampop/shoegaze bands have been able to carry the torch through the last decade. Most claim to have been influenced by My Bloody Valentine (who isn't?) but aren't doing it right. Tears Run Rings is one of the few that know what to do. They might be blatantly ripping off Slowdive on most of Distance, and it's gonna piss off some fans of Slowdive (hell, Slowdive THEMSELVES may be pissed), but at least it sounds like a band that's genuinely spent hours listening to Slowdive's Souvlaki. And TRR's second album is what Slowdive's follow-up would have sounded like if they didn't go the more experimental route. In fact, given the formula of the hushy male/female vox and guitar effects that produce a haze of swooping synth-like white noise, it's dangerously close. Like, "orange level alert" close. Distance is also the first release for Clairecords in two years, so this was the right choice with which to resume. -Kenyon


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