Burn Atlas

Street: 09.10.14
Burn Atlas = Soul Coughing + Mazzy Star + Gorillaz – Del the Funky Homosapien

As a critic, writing reviews can be painful. In the case of Burn Atlas, I feel I’ve wandered into a poppy field. This self-titled album shows brilliant, creative promise. It’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but its clever arrangement makes it fun and lyrically amusing. The initial track, “Trigger Finger,” is poppy and thoughtful while at the same time hinting at mid-’90s post-grunge the way Beck did it so long ago. The production could use some polishing, but few first-time EPs are perfect creatures. The album is consistent in its theme, and the young band already has a unique sound. With a following just under 100 fans on Facebook, this unfound treasure is a refreshing splash among the tired indie-rock scene. –Benjamin Tilton