Whirr -Pipe Dreams 12 inch
With their steady ebb and flow of warm, effects-laden sounds, northern California's Whirr (Formerly Whirl) give the sounds of 90s shoegaze a widescreen update for the post-millennial era. The young sextet’s walls of lush guitars, breathy vocals, dreamy synth and thunderous drumming propel listening ears into a near-cinematic realm where instantly catchy melodies and emotional, enveloping atmospheres hang perfectly in the balance. While Distressor was focused and enjoyable, the seven-song EP was pretty uniform in terms of sonics and songwriting. The group's new LP, Pipe Dreams, finds the band not only broadening and improving its old sound but also nudging the margins of it, establishing an identity in a style that so often relies on blurry facelessness.