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Album reviews
Artist:
Grounders
Album:
Nevado Music
Release year:
2015
Label:
Nevado
06 August 2015 / by Stacey Copeland (author)

Welcome to the psychedelic world of Grounders. The Toronto band's debut self-titled album is a lush bouquet of nostalgic psych pop. The album's dreamy fuzz-filled aesthetic takes you on an emotional journey with enough good vibes for a lazy summer day. Pulling from influences such as David Bowie, the Zombies and fellow Toronto band Broken Social Scene, Grounders' sonic nostalgia and playful summer vibes remind us of the fragility of youth, bringing to mind the yesteryear playground game that the album and band are named after.

 

Dreamy synths and rich cymbal work open the album on “Secret Friend”. The lush instrumentals pull you into vocalist Andrew Davis’ dreamy merry-go-round world. Davis’ lyrics start off the albums undertone of anxiety and loss of innocence “Where do you go, where do you go from here?” Simplistic waves of surf rock guitar in “Pull It Over Me” pull you in and out of the tracks ever-so-catchy chorus. When “Bloor Street and Pressure” comes on, it wakes you right up, out of the contemplative sound of “Pull it Over Me” into a fast-pace synth-filled adventure. The pristine fuzz vocals of Davis bring back memories of Kevin Drew’s solo album “Spirit If” spun together with echoes of krautneuveau. The summer vibes really shine on “Fool’s Banquet”. The track's upbeat synth melodies lead into dreamy echo-filled vocals, perfect for a bike ride on a sunny day. The album finishes off with haunting vocals and ghostly chaotic saxophone in “No Ringer”.

 

Grounders' debut full-length release is a psychedelic summer must. The band's catchy psych pop melodies blanketed in warm lo-fi kraut revival catapult Grounders into the indie rock spotlight. With nods from industry pros like producer David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Holy Fuck), who brings his signature fried analog treatment to the album, it’s hard to deny that Grounders is a Canadian band on the rise.

The author

Stacey Copeland

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