Single Review – Bleached – Wednesday Night Melody

 

Those lo-fi, dream rockers from L.A are back and I mean the Clavin sisters this time. Bleached are returning with their second studio album Welcome The Worms which is out on April 1st. 2013’s Ride Your Heart was the ideal balance of introspection and throwaway melodies. These were backed up by wistful harmonies for an album with a hard nose, but a heart too. ‘Wednesday Night Melody’ is arguably a little weaker than their lead single ‘Keep On Keeping On’, yet it still maintains the groups more direct and tangible sound with sturdier percussion and more prominent rhythm sections. This translates into a more stomp-rock track in this case, but it is lifted by sweeping harmonies and strong vocal performances in general.

 

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

EP Review – Bleached – For The Feel

The Californian Clavin sisters a.k.a Bleached are following on form their debut LP Ride Your Heart last year; they are back in time to spread some more lo-fi swooning and dreaming for those late, fading summer nights with it’s September 16th release. The title track was unveiled towards the end of June uses a driving jingle of guitars which are met with urgent and short percussion that tumbles to your feet before and during each chorus. Jen Clavin’s vocal sweeps over the track in a dreamy and classic pop rock fashion as it did so well for the duo’s debut last year. Besides that though it isn’t very much different as it was written for  The drums perhaps sound a little more upfront which sharpens the beat somewhat, but aside from that and a little more directness it’s very much Bleached circa 2012/13. ‘Poison Ivy’ is a steady, tumbling track with a classic rock bass line which the guitars shift and reverberate from. It sets up a simple structure that is mimicked by Jen’s vocal and lyrical delivery with a slight playfulness and cool nature. It’s more faithful to classic rock garage styles than most things they’ve done and it’s presented as a complete replica. The EP also includes a cover of the Damned’s ‘Born To Kill’ and so concludes an EP that hasn’t moved on so far from last year but one that has no intentions of doing so in the first place. It’s very much tying up loose ends for their fans and they still sound good so why not?

 

Single Review – Bleached – For The Feel

Following on form their debut LP Ride Your Heart last year; California’s Bleached are back in time to spread some more lo-fi swooning and dreaming for the summer. They are to release a digital EP entitled For The Feel on Dead Ocean records on July 22nd. The title track is the first release from it as the Clavin sisters let us know that they haven’t moved too far in about a year, but still sound rather engaging and fun is that’s worth anything. The driving jingle of the guitars are met with urgent and short percussion that tumbles to your feet before and during each chorus. Jen Clavin’s vocal sweeps over the track in a dreamy and classic pop rock fashion as it did so well for the duo’s debut last year. Besides that though it isn’t very much different. The drums perhaps sound a little more upfront which sharpens the beat somewhat, but apart from that and a little more directness; then this track would fit hand in glove into Ride Your Heart. It is only a summer EP though from what I can see and though it plucks up a lot of personal enjoyment, you would hope for something a little more substantial for their next album.