Waves of Dread – “Stars (beach cut)”

Artwork by In The Stars

A beautifully murky re-imagining of Waves of Dread‘s track “Stars,” released earlier this year, the “(beach cut)” shows the band pursuing a dreamier feeling. “Initially, I wanted the song to have a similar feel to ‘Waves of Mutilation’ (UK Surf) by Pixies,” explains songwriter Nick JH. “The bass and drums driving throughout is certainly taken from their style of playing, but the song naturally took on a bigger, more dreamy feel during recording, not unlike the band namechecked in the song, Slowdive.”

Thumping bass initially conjures that aforementioned Pixies vibe, though escalation of reverbed vocals and shoegaze-friendly guitar tones beckon more toward an enjoyably sludgy vein of rock. The second half, in particular, shows a gripping textural hold — especially apparent amidst the ghostly whirs and beautiful murkiness around 03:30. “Stars (beach cut)” is a stellar re-showing from the band, whose II EP released earlier this year.

Look for another single from Waves of Dread out early next year.

“Stars (beach cut)” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Shoegaze.

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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