ASTRAL: Forever After: CD

Jan 19, 2012

Remember dream-pop? These kids sure do, and they’ve been doing their homework. All the touchstones can be heard in their sound—Cocteaus, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, etc.—and in the case of the opener, “Narcissus,” it sounds like they ain’t above nicking a little of the structure from U2’s “New Year’s Day.” The backline production might be just a wee bit to crisp ‘n’ clean on occasion when put against the howling guitar, but the strong songwriting is there and it’s clear they love what they’re doin’.

 –jimmy (Vibraphone,