There are bedroom recordings that are almost self-consciously DIY; all brash, matte vocals and stark, lo fi guitar, then there are records so bedroomy you’d half expect to hear someone’s mum knocking to say tea’s ready. ‘Tendrils’ is the latter. A buzz-hiss marks the start of each track, joined abruptly by waspish guitar shredding and fuzzed vocals that sound like they’ve been recorded in an airplane engine. The tracks themselves are a series of short, looping melodies, frequently sounding unfinished, though the LP’s longest player, Like It Was, comes temptingly close to being a fleshed out pop track proper, still employing the band’s scheme of perpetual hooks, but bulking up on layers and vocal range. There’s as much potential here as there is reverb, but these guys may have jumped the gun with this release.

By Polly Rappaport

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