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
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.
3. How Does It Feel?
6. Right Or Wrong
8. I Wish I Was A Drug
10. Strip The Feel
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