When The Sun Hits - Immersed Within Your Eyes

by Jeff Penczak Rating:8 Release Date:2017-09-22

Turnabout is fair play: Slowdive named themselves after a Siouxsie and The Banshees song, and this Nottingham quartet named themselves after a track from Slowdive’s oft-overlooked Souvlaki album. They’ve been around for about six years and actually recorded this a while ago; thankfully, nugaze specialists Saint Marie have finally rescued it from oblivion. The mini album (six tracks in a little under half an hour) begins promisingly with ‘The Last Night’, a slithering, simmering boil with more than a passing resemblance to early Verve (the good, psychedelic stuff before they added the definite article and sold out…stadiums). While ‘Lie To Me’ has a bit too much U2-ish emotional histrionics for my taste, the pretty instro ‘Twilight’ recovers nicely, living up to its name by evoking that quiet part of the end of the day when sunsets beckon and thoughts turn to evening activities and reflections of the day gone by.

‘Lovedead Town’ demonstrates an exciting streak of energetic pop sensibilities that might make a great single, and the soothing ‘Coopers Street’ is like a warm ray of sunlight washing away the daily grime of the daily grind. Recommended to fans of the Cocteaus, ca. Victorialand and The Moon and The Melodies.

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