California Death – “Wake”


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Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, California Death is a four-piece that produces a wonderfully hypnotic blend of dream-pop, psych-rock, and shoegaze. Leading off their new self-titled album is the track “Wake”, a nice representation of the band’s numerous strengths. Possessing nonchalant and rhythmically responsive vocals reminiscent of post-punk acts like Pavement, this aspect is backed comfortably by a very bustling rhythm section and series of shimmering guitar leads, all melodically delectable. California Death’s citing of influences such as Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine is quite legitimate, as the group’s textural abilities are quite evident on this track alone. Digging into the album more, highlights include the post-punk jangle of “Postmodern Lover” (with hints of The Chameleons UK) and “Masquerade”, a nice shimmering example of shoegaze-y guitar-pop.

Stream the rest of California Death’s impressive new album below:


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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