Ganglians - Still Living
- Claire Sawers
- 24 August 2011
A beautiful thing, but a couple of years late for the beach party
This is an undeniably solid and harmonious surf-pop album from Sacramento’s Ganglians. The only snag is, it just feels like several albums you may have already heard – and probably loved – before.
The second album from the Californian foursome features upbeat melodies with melancholy lyrics running underneath, in the chirpy Drums style; echoey chamber-pop harmonies in the Grizzly Bear mould; heavy reverb on the shoegazey, bendy Mary Chain guitars; buoyantly pastoral Fleet Foxy vocals and gently strummed acoustic guitar …
Not that a little bit of sunshiney slacker rock with occasional swirly psych frills isn’t a beautiful thing, it just feels like they showed up a couple of years late for the beach party.
Ganglians play Nice ‘N Sleazy, Glasgow, Tue 27 Sep.