Viscous Liquid – “If I Go”


Viscous Liquid - Rhys Williams

The hazy, sweeping beauty of Viscous Liquid’s shoegaze-inspired sound first caught my attention last year, when I heard the brilliant track “It’s Sort of Like Being a Long Way From Home, All the Time“. As frontman Rhys Williams put it, these tracks are “heavy on pop melodies with a shoegaze/krauty/dream-pop style. Lots of guitars, lots of haziness, and lots of noise.” His sound is etched somewhere between My Bloody Valentine’s blurred rock-fused beauty and Spiritualized’s space-rock ambition, a stellar combination that continues to flourish on Williams’ Soundcloud page, where he has released several new tracks over the past couple months.

The new tracks on Soundcloud – “Beach Party Yesterday”, “When I See You”, “If I Go”, and “Fun & Games” – are actually the four tracks from Williams’ upcoming EP. They’re all great, as expected, but the one I found most immediately accessible was “If I Go”, which throws some Teenage Fanclub-inspired power-pop into Williams’ gorgeous reverb-friendly arsenal. The result is exceptional, with a swooning chorus that rides blissfully like a flower in the wind. The jangly, Felt-like “When I See You” is another highlight, in addition to the translucent guitar-based atmosphere of “Fun & Games”, whose final two minutes is a gorgeously soaring jam.

Williams is capable of making some extremely beautiful sounds with Viscous Liquid. Check out the rest of his material on Soundcloud or Bandcamp.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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