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Wan Santo Condo
Wan Santo Condo
Everloving Records
www.wansantocondo.com


Hmm. I'm a bit perplexed by Wan Santo Condo. Imagine a band that combines the best parts of The Verve, The Shore, The Strokes, and more, without being a "The" band themselves. This is modern Anglo-shoegaze rock music without the Anglo bloodlines. Crisp drumming, thick guitars, and soaring vocals make up the sound… the sound of sounds. Honest and brilliant songwriting creates the foundation for the sonic beauty. There are moments on this self-titled release that it becomes difficult for me to believe that this music came out of Austin, Texas - It's much more Los Angeles, but really Britain. Moments of Seattle sneak in at times, Chris Cornell style operatic rock vocals shadowing the hollower tracks. But mostly I am impressed with the styles of the players and the prowess with which the record was recorded. Everything from the aforementioned near-grunge sounds to shining shoegaze are ably represented on this record… And there's no part that seems out of place or insignificant. This is a well orchestrated and fantastic rock album, well worth turning the rest of the world off for a few hours and absorbing.

And besides that, the album sleeve seems like a Yellow Submarine coloring book. I like that, too.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. A-Hole
2. Down
3. How Does It Feel?
4. Never
5. Laurelei
6. Right Or Wrong
7. Dandelion
8. I Wish I Was A Drug
9. Undone
10. Strip The Feel


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