SHADOW YEAR: Godspeed: CS

This four-song demo from Brooklyn, N.Y. grew on me quickly. The first song, “For the Weekend,” has a shoegaze feel with catchy drumming and a heavy hand on power chords. The chords wash over ethereal lyrics in a style reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine. The tape continues with “Six,” a jumpier song with a stark four on the floor beat and the draw of a Blondie B-side. The rest of the tape contains variants on the swish of late ’80s/early ’90s shoegaze without being contrived. It’s a great accessory for your boombox and goes to show what a band in its early stages can accomplish with a simple four-song demo. –Billups Allen (Self-released)