New York’s Wry Climate inventively updates ‘90s shoegaze riffs with notes of dreampop and bits of noise, turning their subtly complex tunes into something much more than the sum of their parts. The group has earned comparisons from Deerhunter to Dirty Projectors to Pavement, meaning they’re in good, eclectic company.
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White Prism (a.k.a. Johanna Cranitch) is very much a part of that neo synth scene. That said “Fool” actually had other inspirations. Cranitch recently told Idolator that “[she] was listening to a bit of Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey‘s first record when I wrote this. I guess it’s about unrequited love. That vibe you get into where you like someone so much that you just stare at the phone hoping they’ll call, but you can’t call them because you don’t know how they really feel about you.” Now Ladytron has taken the song and sped up the tempo, upped the pop quotient and added some additional dancey beats.
For a certain contingent of music fans, there will never, ever, be anything better than ‘90s alternative rock (or indie rock or college rock or whatever you want to call it).
While Nirvana & Pearl Jam grunged their way to the top of the charts, slaying all of hair metal in a single “Spirit”-ed riff, there was that weirder, stranger offshoot of ‘90s rock groups that found the Pixies more enlightening, and before long, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, the Breeders (how apt), and Guided By Voices mixed catchy melodies with lo-fi production, each album feeling like an artful world unto itself. Although this era feels long-lost to some, there’s a litany of younger bands who are lighting up smiles all up and down the blogosphere with albums that are very much indebted to the wiry jangle-pop of yore.
The first one was Free EP from 2010, a companion to their new album at the time The Silent Surf. Then came Free Me in 2011, a hodge-podge collection alternate mixes and radio edits of songs from All India Radio past. Then came Don’t Leave from last year, a single/EP companion to their Red Shadow Landing album.