White Girl Records
Street: 05.16
Decades = Catherine Wheel + Editors + The Veils
On their self-titled debut full length, Toronto four-piece Decades deliver bursts of ‘80s Brit-pop through echoey shards of shoegaze. The band enlisted the production work of Alex Bonenfant (Crystal Castles, Metz) to make the transition from their previous post-punk and garage sound, found on earlier EPs. Mike Kaminski’s rich, emotive vocals travel from monotone to a downright fascinating scream. Pulse-pounding opener “Tonight Again” dazzles in a thick black of distortion and ghostly growls, while there’s an air of atmospheric mystery found on “Any Wonder.” Spacey electro and The Cure-like guitar riffs line the soulful, edged “In Sequins.” Decades is the second release for the newly formed Canadian label White Girl Records, but it’s clear they made a good choice adding Decades to the roster. –Courtney Blair