The guitar line proves the immediate guide, like a Real Estate song that grew up and out of its parents basement, or maybe a Wavves song that never got all the way to the beach, “Irene” tumbles forward with a laissez-faire inevitability. This group of 19-year-olds craft a sort of washed out punk: short songs that hit again and again with an intensity that never borders on the intentional.
The band’s debut, Sunken, was released Tuesday, and represents a challenging and brief listen. “Irene” proves their most fully developed idea, a chorus awash in nothing and guitar interludes as crystalline as any you’ll hear this year.
Reprinted with the permission of 32ft/second.
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