by Adam Gold
On first listen, it’s clear that the dissolution of the band’s full lineup that took them out of rotation on our club stages hasn’t slowed down the creative growth that made 2008’s Future Bolt a local rock staple, as these tracks take that record’s bombastic burst of anthemic hooks, sky-scraping vocals and upside-down rhythms a step or 10 further. Here, the pair of ‘Pipes and their producer sound like a virtual indie-glam symphony, embellishing these dramatic, clever pop tunes with a dense mélange of fuzzed-out synths, shimmering glockenspiels, and even horns that adorn the skewed blast of big guitars and bigger drums familiar to fans of their earlier work. With all its crisp, piercing production these recordings recall the sonic stylings of Flaming Lips’ knob-twiddler David Fridmann — and that’s a good thing. I can’t wait to hear the full-length. In the meantime, take a listen to the track below, then surf over to the band’s, uh, camp to hear the rest.