BY JASON GROSS
If you’re under the illusion that all shoegaze sounds the same, then this pair of Canadian girls is ready to school you. One key is label-mate/booster/collaborator Bethany Cosentino, as they bare more than a passing resemblance to her band Best Coast. After their acclaimed debut (2010’s Ghost Blonde), this follow-up goes along with the same pattern of gorgeous songs swallowed up by waves of feedback and noise.
Sure, it’s a familiar formula for the genre, but what makes Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd different is that they have REALLY strong tunes/hooks to back it up, even if you’re never really sure what the lyrics are saying. And like genre pioneers My Bloody Valentine, it’s a lot easier to appreciate their lovely craftsmanship on record than at their wind-tunnel-volume shows. Anthemic stuff abounds here but they really hit a powerful stride in the middle with the fast-paced “Lizard Kids,” the funky bottom of “Lunar Phobia” and the girl-group sweetness of “Wrack Attack.” By now, MBV itself should be taking notes as this band does their shtick much better nowadays than the legends themselves.
DOWNLOAD: “Lizard Kids,” “Ignored Pets”