Not your typical Orange County pop-punk band, Retriever drench their tunes in layers of distortion, while never losing their strong sense of melody. Frontman Kevin Castillo describes his music as “Fuzzy Pop, Big Muff Pop, or Space Pop,” but there’s also a bit of Southeastern pop ala R.E.M. in there as well. Check out “Rollercoaster” as a bridge between Automatic For The People R.E.M. and Spiritualized. Then there’s the rousing guitar jam of “Collapsing” that verges on pysch territory. Greatest Moments Of Doubt is Retriever’s debut album and shows promise for the band’s future, particularly in their use of intriguing dynamics and guitars juxtaposed with just enough electronic elements to keep things interesting.
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