Posted March 24, 2016 by Mike Mineo in Dream-Pop + Shoegaze

Junior Rocket Scientist – “Why”

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Growing distortion and a bouncy bass line begin this tantalizing effort from Boise, Idaho-based Junior Rocket Scientist, immediately showing as excitingly likable with the vocal introduction 20 seconds in; the vocal tone nearly perfectly resembles the guitar tone that’s reflecting the lead vocal melody, establishing a sense of cohesion that glides perfectly into the crunchy shoegaze-esque bridge just before the one-minute mark. The vocal approach and nod to ’80s post-punk reminds me of Frankie Rose and TOPS’ fiercer tracks. I’m also fond of the instrumental developments in the final minute or so, with a very effective mixture of distorted backings and effervescent guitar leads combining with the steadily hypnotic rhythm section for a truly convincing result.

The track comes from the trio’s excellent new album, Mu, which can be streamed in full below:

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