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Album Review: Soars - Soars

Otherworldly shoegaze by suburban four-piece Soars feels just as haunting live as it does on their debut. Re-imagining the underpinnings of lo-fi pop, Soars’ perfectly gloomy anthems pair scratchy synth with melancholy, resulting in a sound that is simultaneously felt and heard. Half heart, half sensation, the vapid space between each note fosters longing for the next ethereal chord or riff. Nearly hush-hush vocals echo alongside reverb that shifts, sinks, and soars. It would be impossible not to think of terms like dark wave or psych pop when listening to their LP. Comparable but completely different, Soars sound settles beyond the genre’s limits, resulting in eight tracks of deliberative exploration that pushes past familiar and embarks on something further, something unpredictable, fresh, and new. Released on La Société Expéditionnaire, Soars is a transcendent full-length from oscillating intro to end.
 
With a quick thump and crisp clicks, “The Sun Breaks In Every Way But One” sounds out with laidback surf-like riffs and coolly calm but vibrant vocals. A relatively upbeat track, Soars first open’s the album with optimism buried beneath a weathered awareness that accompanies lessons often learned by disillusionment, loss, or pain. “Throw Yourself Apart” is rhythmically hypnotic. Washed out vocals settle above a swirl of guitar mechanical buzzed out beats. Previously released as a single, “Throw Yourself Apart” is an easy favorite and a perfect snapshot of Soars at their best. Ending in full-out distortion, this track’s final seconds defy all things sentimental, leaving listeners fumbling for afterthoughts outside the jurisdiction of its deliberately messy outro. The lengthy and dirge-like “Escape On High” gives way to “Ditches” a moody yet well-orchestrated pop ballad that ripens and blooms in its latter half, fading out atmospheric and memorable. “Ditches” unfolds like Chairlift’s “Territory” only with more emotive diligence, evident in its chorus and caustic yet symphonic swell. The psyched out start of “Figurehead” is a well-fashioned downer in comparison to the album’s start. Far from cheerful, “Figurehead” is brooding and brilliantly dark, save for its shining guitar riffs. Synthy interludes in “Young Adult” bring to mind Numan’s Pleasure Principle while the album’s final track “Monolith” sweeps in with nearly tribal backbeats that ease into mournful chords and vocals well worth the song’s namesake. A gorgeously somber debut, Soars does more than impress.
 
Soars’ self-titled album will be officially available tomorrow Oct. 5, but it looks like you can order it via La Société Expéditionnaire if you'd like right now.
 
- Dianca Potts
 

We Can't Enjoy Ourselves (is a band) - Live at Union Hall on 10.08

LOOK!! WE CAN'T ENJOY OURSELVES is A pop group from Brooklyn equipped with clever discernible lyrics about sex and movies and the bible! Their songs are rampant with lurid slapstick and it's all delivered with a kick in the balls, which is actually more pleasant than it sounds! They are not twee and they are not hazy dream pop! They play jaunty danceable music that is more in debt to the Supremes and the Kinks than to Disco or Arthur Russell!! Presently they're promoting the high-hearted album they recorded earlier this year, called ONE BELONGS HERE MORE THAN YOU. It's free and on bandcamp. Check them out at Union Hall on 10.08. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

 

From The Deli's Open Blog: Politics As Usual - Live at Cakeshop on 10.05

Blending good 'ol rock and roll with indie rock, Politics As Usual is an indie rock trio from Bergen County, New Jersey (NYC area). Te band features Stephen Berthomieux on guitar and lead vocals, Tom Warren on drums and vocals, and Andrew Kevin on bass. Politics first formed during the summer of '09 after Tom and Stephen broke up their previous band. Their debut album "Trouble" was completed in June of 2010 and the band is currently working on new songs for a future release during the winter or spring of '11. Politics As Usual is playing Cake Shop, NYC on Oct 5th, check them out!

Karen Rockower's CD release party at The Living Room on 10.08

"Whales Standing" was just released in Brooklyn at Union Hall and Karen Rockower (and her fantastically all female band) are bringing the show across the bridge to The Living Room on Friday Oct 8th at 8pm. The CD marks Karen’s debut solo effort. Haunting and beautiful, her vocal talents are front and center in this world of creepy lullabies. The 12 tracks journey through her psyche is inspired by her real adventures and rich dream life. A poetic storyteller, Karen also finds inspiration writing through other people’s eyes. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

DOCKtoberfest at Dock Street Pub Oct. 3!

Today Dock Street Brewery celebrates its momentous 25th anniversary of being in Philadelphia, as well as its 3rd year as being a part of West Philly community. To celebrate both milestones the popular brewpub will be throwing an outdoor festival that might even be bigger than the West Philadelphia Music Festival that they threw over the summer. During DOCKtoberfest, the craft artisanal beer will be flowing inside, the streets will be paved with music thanks in part to Dock Street worker and Grandchildren percussionist, Roman Salcic. Roman recruited some good friends from Brooklyn in both avant garde gypsy rockers Skeletonbreath (which features Grandchildren’s Tris Palazzolo on drums) and tropical pop rockers Dinosaur Feathers (who might just feature Roman behind the drums). Both bands have been no strangers to rockin’ out at the neighboring Danger Danger Gallery, and should drive in some exciting performances. The Homophones have been invited back after their stellar performance at the West Philadelphia Music Festival. The stylish band was last seen driving in an exciting dance filled performance at our showcase for Philly F/M Festival opener last week, and should bring in another balloon massacring winner. Also on the lineup is the trip-hop collaboration between singer-songwriter Liz Fullerton and Jedi Mind Trick’s Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind, Dutch. Lastly, on the bill are The National Rifle, who have been at the top of their game ever since releasing Vanity Press over the summer. Dock Street Pub, 50th & Baltimore Ave., 2pm, All Ages - Bill McThrill
 
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