EP REVIEW | Teen Brains - Translucent EP.

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ARTIST: Teen Brains

RELEASE: Translucent EP

RELEASE DATE: 12/09/16

RECORD COMPANY: Witchgirl Recordings (UK) / Citrus City Records (US).

Teen Brains eponymous 2015 EP was one of the most wondrous releases of the year. Steeped in a nostalgic beauty, it was endearingly fragile and at times uncertain. This year’s follow up 'Translucent' sees them in an altogether more confident frame of mind. There’s a strong psych sensibility throughout which gives the record more focus, although there are still plenty of pleasing whooshing noises.

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'In a Haze' sets off on a phaser-fuelled psych journey. It meanders, but only just. Someone, somewhere has this all planned out. Glorious reverb ushers in 'Isolation' which is the kind of jangly jaunt that is earning Diiv many plaudits at present. The lush melodies are a marvel. There’s a hint of a darker 80's edge on 'Wash Away' with its flanged guitars and intricate guitar lines. The psych influences come out strongly in the rhythm section, adding an insistence to the track. Its big chorus surely means it will shortly usurp Tame Impala from mainstream radio playlists soon?

Closing track 'Translucent' is more contemplative in pace. Its woozy wahs and undercurrent of fuzz and delay create a hazy feel, but this is definitely at the more muscular end of the gaze spectrum. The chart countdown sample maybe gives a hint of where Teen Brains hope to head – straight to the top of the charts. They certainly feel like a band with a plan.

'Translucent' is out on 12th September via Witchgirl Recordings in the UK and Citrus City in the US.

4/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/teenbrainsuk

twitter.com/teenbrainsband

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

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In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.


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EP REVIEW | Teen Brains - Teen Brains

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ARTIST: Teen Brains

RELEASE: Teen Brains

RELEASE DATE: 01/06/15

RECORD COMPANY: Chud Records

Praise be, 2015’s sunshine has finally arrived in the form of Teen Brains debut EP, also called Teen Brains. From a village on the coast near Norfolk, UK, it's no surprise that there's something surfy about the four piece's creations, but they're clearly fans of fuzz and reverb too. This five track EP is their 1st longer length release, following on from singles Annabelle and Flume, which both feature on this record. The whole EP shimmers with a sort of sun-kissed dreaminess of summers past.

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'All My Time' sparkles into the ears, soaked with reverb and big Mowtown-esque drums. When it can't seem to get any lusher, those 'las' slip down your spine like an ice cube. The aptly named 'Lucid Dream' charmingly chimes in a melodic haze of guitar. Lolloping in all eazy-ozy, 'Drenched' soon finds the distortion pedal and some energy, and finally we're fully gazing at our flip flops. Most recent single 'Annabelle' pines for the ungettable girl in the way that only teenagers can - part glorious jangle, part fuzz-fest and wholly, fully gorgeous. 'Flume' pours floods of reverb and dreamy vocals on our sunburn and skint knees. Live, I wonder if Teen Brains keep it dreamy, or go for a sonic assault. Hopefully I'll find out before summer is over.

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Teen Brains is out now on Chud Records - www.teenbrains.bandcamp.com

LINKS:

facebook.com/teenbrainsuk
twitter.com/teenbrainsband

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.