Mystery at the Lighthouse is an indie-rock project formed by four friends in Denver. As is evident on several tracks throughout their impressive new release Tunnels, the group shares an admiration for lo-fi indie-rock staples like Built to Spill and Pavement. Those groups are a nice starting reference point, though that mutual admiration fortunately doesn’t obstruct their originality. On track “Echo Decrypter”, they project a jagged and spacey sort of round, the spaciness generated largely by the squiggly bursts of backing guitar distortion and sporadic touchings of bell-like keys. The vocals are crisp-clear, emitting nonchalance during the verse and allowing the angular guitars to flow spontaneously throughout the first chorus, before the second adds a vocal melody to the mix — which is particularly reminiscent of Stephen Malkmus. Although much of Mystery at the Lighthouse’s sound recalls the lo-fi indie-rock of groups like Pavement, there’s also a dark nocturnal edge to their guitar sound, similar to the infectious edges delivered throughout Suede’s drugged-out classic Dog Man Star. With groups like Pavement, Built to Spill, and Suede serving as relevant comparisons, Mystery at the Lighthouse are certainly on the right path to success.
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