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June 15, 2017 — “Lake House” by Beverly

Beverly

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Lake House” by Beverly (2016, from the album The Blue Swell).

Beverly is an indie pop/dream-punk band from Brooklyn. The front of the band is Drew Citron (vocals/guitar). She started the band a few years ago with the magnificent Miss Frankie Rose of Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls fame. With that lineup, Beverly released the 2014 album Careers, which was my #26 album of the year. Since then, Frankie Rose has left the band, and Citron has enlisted Scott Rosenthal (bass/guitar), who is better known as a producer who has worked with Crystal Stilts among others. I think he also had something to do with the technical stuff on Careers. Citron and Rosenthal are often joined by Kip Berman out of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but he’s not an “official” member of the band.

Beverly is currently on tour supporting Berman and the Pains, who have a new record out in September. Speaking of September, Beverly will be performing at this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival in September. There’s a lot for me to look forward to this year, and of the “small print” bands, this is one of the first things that caught my eye the first time I looked at the lineup.

The band’s second record —The Blue Swell— came out last spring, and if I had bothered to make a list last year, it would have been at least in my top 20. It may not have done so well with the press, but I love it. This is one of my favourite songs from the album:

“Lake House” by Beverly

You can buy The Blue Swell via Bandcamp here, or you can buy directly from Kanine Records here.

You can check out the tentative Hopscotch lineup here, and ticket information here.


April 24 — “Night Swim” by Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Night Swim” by Frankie Rose (2012, from the album Interstellar).
Frankie Rose is a Brooklyn indie rocker who used to play drums in Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls. Since going on her own, she’s released two radically different but very good records. In those two bands, and on her first record, there wasn’t much focus on the production values. Everything was sort of muddy and dampened and mid-frequency. The new record, by contrast, is very bright and crisp, with a wide range of frequencies.

Interstellar, and her previous record Frankie Rose and The Outs are on Slumberland Records. I can’t say enough good things about that label. They cornered the market on American shoegaze in the mid-1990s, and after going dark for a couple of years, they reopened for business in 2006. Although they’re not as shoegaze-centric as they used to be, they’re still putting out some amazing records. They’re home to some of my favorites from the last couple of years. To name just a few from their current/active roster, Weekend, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Veronica Falls, Brave Irene, Big Troubles.

Today’s song reminds me a lot of early Cocteau Twins. Specifically, I’m reminded of the song “Wax and Wane” off the first record — Garlands. I don’t know if she was doing it on purpose or if I’m trying too hard to make a connection with that, but that’s what I’m getting. I’m not saying that the songs are soundalikes. Just that “Night Swim” reminds me of “Wax and Wane”.

It’s easy to hear the influence of Cocteau Twins all over this record. Other influential post-punk/goth bands from the late 1970s and 80s also have their fingerprints on this. The Cure, Siouxie and The Banshees.

This is that song.

There’s nothing to talk about with the lyrics.

I know you said ‘let me go’

and

Can you lay me up

That’s it. There are no other lyrics. That makes it even more Cocteauesque. Of course the way the vocals are treated in production add to it. There’s a lot of delay and her vocals are also layered, giving the impression of a harmony chorus. When she performs live, I think she has backup singers, but I’m pretty sure that she goes it alone in the studio. Whatever the case, it’s a great song and a breathtaking album.

Buy Interstellar directly through the Slumberland Records web store here. While you’re there, get the terrific Red EP by Weekend.

Frankie Rose is currently on a select North American tour that will take her from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, through the upper midwest and will end in the Great Lakes area. From there, she’ll go on an extensive tour of Europe and the UK.


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