Empty Pools – ‘Saturn Reruns Battle’

Our rating:

Lyrically deft and sonically diverse, this is a devastatingly accomplished debut

Lyrically deft and sonically diverse, this is a devastatingly accomplished debut. Spidery basslines underpin neatly restrained post-rock guitar, all bound together tightly by Leah Pritchard’s commanding vocals. Her compelling hybrid of Kim Deal of The Breeders’ husky melodic sensibilities and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney’s steely tones harmonises with itself on the atmospheric and dulled emotion of ‘Safety School’. Elsewhere ‘Slack Tide’ confidently treads the tightrope of complexity and accessibility, and ‘Televised’ is a distillation of all the best bits of ’90s US alt.rock: scuzzy, dreamy, ferocious, reckless. There are only peaks on this record.

Hayley Avron

Details

Release date: 18 Nov, 2013