Killing Horse Records

Street: 04.15

Overlake = my bloody valentine + Sonic Youth

The opening track (aptly titled “First”) is sleepy and cinematic, a dramatic yet understated introduction to an album that attempts to walk the fine line between indie and post-rock. Tom Barrett’s wispy vocals add a moody element to dulled guitar noise. Admittedly, the instrumentals are sometimes too repetitive and, personally, I feel that the group tries to span the album over too many genres, making their sound incredibly inconsistent. However, I will say that they successfully re-create an ambiance reminiscent of ’80s and ’90s shoegazey alternative. –Allison Shephard