National Music Reviews October 2015

Review: Guides – Abstract Mind

Share this:Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+0Pin on Pinterest0

Guides

Guides
Abstract Mind

Self-Released
Street: 09.25
Guides = The Cure x Modest Mouse + Minus The Bear

I’ll be completely honest: I threw this CD in the player right after The Alan Parsons Project and forgot I’d made the change for a couple of tracks. It’s not because Guides don’t have their own sound—they do, and it’s great—but rather because their new EP feels nostalgic, akin to not-so-dead favorites like Depeche Mode. Abstract Mind EP is a synth-heavy revisit to the ’80s that combines strong vocal melodies with tried-and-true pads and effects. This is a solid listen that’s especially great for having on in the background. Under a microscope, though, there are sounds I’m not so fond of—sort of soupy, effect-heavy walls of noise—but the majority of what is done here is done well. Overall, the melodies are crisp, and many of the guitar licks got stuck in my head and kept bringing me back for more. –Alex Blackburn

  • Jayson Larson

    Interestingly enough, there’s not a single synth, keyboard or pad on the GUIDES ep. Just sayin… 😉 But I’m glad you reviewed it and enjoyed it. 🙂