100001Kanine Records – May 6th

Of the many reference points on this Brooklyn trio’s second album, whose starry indie jangle could belong to any of the past 30 years, the most unexpected is The Dead Kennedys – the SF punks’ ‘Moon Over Marin’ riff is all over the brooding midsection of ‘Contact’. Elsewhere, comparisons are easier to anticipate: the fuzzbox bubblegum of The Primitives on single ‘Victoria’; Teenage Fanclub’s lo-fi pop melodics on wry love drama ‘Crooked Cop’; Camera Obscura’s lilting swing across stalker confessional ‘The Smokey Pines’. These highs, likewise the kicking psych-rocker ‘Bulldozer’, demand that frontwoman Drew Citron carry the weight and, when her dream-like voice is glossy and sonorous, and her guitar licks coil and spark like Peter Buck’s, Beverly’s middleweight indie-pop packs an impact you just didn’t see coming.

Buy: Beverly – The Blue Swell

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