02/04/12
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Review – Splashh!

Psychadelic Music For The Melancholy

Splashh are a new two-piece band based in London, England making a unique brand of sickly sweet pop tunes. The singer is originally from the Auckland band Brain slaves (formally The Coshercot Honeys) who released one EP in 2007 called We Are All Lions before splitting. Splashh is still an incredibly young as a band and have only been releasing music for a month now via Soundcloud.

As of the moment there are currently six tracks posted. Washed out psychedelic vocals, stark metallic reverbs and tinny buzz saw guitars all combine to create a sort of lo-fi candy coated psychedelic melancholy, a style that seems to be making quite a resurgence recently through bands such as Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Two of my favourite songs they have released so far are ‘All I Wanna Do’ and ‘Feels Like You’. ‘All I Wanna Do’ starts off with a thrashing fuzzy guitar before a soaring psychedelic vocal swoons in to whisk us off for a ride. This culminates in a catchy synth laden chorus and then back again. Basically it’s just a real catchy pop song. It’s got a great video too, which captures the vibe of the song really well.

The other song ‘Feels Like You’ is almost better than the first with the great line repeated throughout “you’re a danger to yourself, a danger to no one else.” This layers over a cycling guitar line and a driving drumbeat.

For a budding band it would be unfair to call them copycats but they defiantly wear their inspirations on their sleeve, their music is reminiscent of the sound of the indie bands from the late ’80s and early ’90s such as Chapterhouse and The Jesus & Mary Chain. Having said this it will be awesome to see how it develops over time and with the release of their first EP which is still unannounced. It will also be cool to see how they bring their songs to a live context as there are far too many layers of sound to perform as just a two piece; only time will tell. Anyways check ‘em out, make your own mind up!

You can find Splashh’s music on soundcloud.com/splashh-band 

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