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Review : Winslow, S/T

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Winslow
Winslow
Jurassic Pop Records

A sedated and hazy attitude comes through in this latest release from the West Lafayette record label. Slacker rock w√ľnderkind Winslow are genuinely apathetic high-schoolers still connected with the intuitive sense of detachment that makes fuzzed-out pop tapes like this one special. The opening warmth and melodies of "Slack" introduce the indifferent dogma of the group, which is spread evenly over the rest of the tape. "Basement" blends the romanticism of the modern pop song with the tension of lo-fi garage distortion, forming a track that forces audiences to move and sing-along. Ending the tape with "Kill Some Time" ensures that we'll be wanting more, even after over 7 minutes of the chilled-out song.

As a whole the album is as important lyrically as it is texturally. For a band so young to achieve an original sound with a full body is remarkable. This tape seems to trap a 25 minute set of Winslow playing in your best friend's basement while his parents are out of town for the weekend. Without adult supervision the party could devolve into reckless violence, but Winslow is able to hypnotize the crowd into rhythmic head-bobbing and slack-jawed dancing. Drew Auscherman's guitar tone and stiff voice, the steady bass of Kyle Impini and Matt Hoover's drums create a fundamental piece of local basement pop. Their self-titled tape is a reason to dig through our boxes of cassettes and stacks of vinyl for the proto-garage groups we relied upon to get us through the day in high school.

These tunes are also available in the form of a vinyl LP via Warm Ratio.

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