label: Phaser Music
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
surprisingly British music for boys that stake their claim in
the seamy cosmopolitanism of DC. This EP of foggy dream pop takes
its ethereal cues from any number of bands bent on songwork made
of sleepy layers of sound.
As Ever" could be a post-bender U2 track, with its vocal
climbs and distorted guitar solos. "Thanks for Asking"
has a driving Storm in Heaven-era Verve core beneath its mumbled
rocking. "Mercury" sounds like Suede, but with big,
fluffy pillows padding their more rock and roll edges. All of
the songs have an open horizon vibe that lends a certain largeness
to the Vicodin fuzz.
the EP, "Last Letter Home" takes a ghoul lounge slant
and deeper, moodier vocals to make the EP's best track. Granted,
it could stand a swift kick in the bass line and a few slaps across
the tempo, but for music that sounded so generally drowned, the
closer was a welcome pace change.
All in all,
Phaser's Skydive EP makes for innocuous, barely stirred space
2. Thanks for Asking
3. Young As Every
6. Last Letter Home