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For fans of: Palma Violets, Smith Westerns, The Orwells
BandCamp discoveries are always difficult, and it’s rare that we find a group that is truly a cut above the rest. Something about them needs to stand out, needs to speak to us, and we are admittedly a pretty tough crowd.
…That being said, meet Aqua Rhythm, the FANTASTIC fuzz-filled surf-rock band who just released their sophomore album, “Crazy,” on BandCamp, fo’ FREE! The album kicks off with the spacey, reverb-packed jam, “Crazy,” that will have you tapping your toes and singing along in no time. “Crazy” speaks of an unbalanced relationship, with frontman Troy Braunstein wailing, “Yeah it makes me crazy, crazy when I…I can’t see you when I’m down, and I know that you’re not bothered by this, that just makes me feel crazy…” Following “Crazy” is a personal favorite track of ours: “Cause and Effect.” Sounding like a combination of Smith Westerns and Palma Violets with a hint of Japandroids, Aqua Rhythm manages to create an incredibly relateable song, waxing lyrical about getting oneself in a rut, and continually spiraling downward. “I remember when I lost my mind,” Troy croons, “That wasn’t a very good time, now was it?” Lastly, “What’s Been Done” dabbles in the blues with a sound of fuzzy Orwells meets early White Stripes. Overall, the three short tracks provide a stellar look into what’s hopefully in store for the talented band!
- Cause and Effect
- What’s Been Done