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Review: 'Sundae Crush'
'A Real Sensation'   

-  Label: 'Donut Sounds Record Company/Bandcamp'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '27.11.20.'

Our Rating:
This is Sundae Crush's debut album and if you buy the vinyl part of the proceeds will be raising money for WA Therapy Fund to Aid Black Healing. The album is dedicated to lead vocalist Jena Pyle's therapist of the last 5 years Brooke Stepp.

The album opens with Kiss 2 Death that sounds inspired by many a Spaghetti Western showdown with ghostly whistling and some humming before the action happens.

Long Way back is angsty introverted indie pop in the vein that Sarah Records did so well, with dual sweet and harsher vocals in places used to great effect as the pain unfolds and they look for some help getting back to normality.

Babyface is quite introspective and sorrowful for the pain that has been caused over a sparse backing, I really like the way the backing vocals come into accentuate part of the lyrics.

Lick it up is quite reminiscent of the more acoustic end of Everything But The Girl and has a pretty string arrangement as they try to get the troublesome men out of there lives.

Green Lake has the sort of soft pop sound that Swing Out Sister perfected that is undercut by the drama unfolding in the lyrics set against the occasional bursts of flute or strings.

La La has a mellow flute pop feel to it with tonal singing that speeds up to cartoon chipmunk speeds.

The b-side opens with Good Boy that sadly isn't a Kevin Coyne cover, but does share some themes with that classic, although there are no Lickspittles on this song, but there is great swirling organ parts and a funky breakdown as well as some odd cartoon style noises as they decide that the Good boy is no good for them.

Sensation is where they self-declare as being a real Sensation over a college rock tune that may remind you of Letters To Cleo or Poe which is sensational enough.

Don't Give Up is a plea for understanding and finding a way to carry on no matter what has happened between you or too you, it's wistful and wry while also being a little bit intoxicating as it worms it's way into your mind, just Don't Give Up!

The album closes with the modern hymnal sounds of Dudes Being Guys well at least it opens as a hymnal before bursting out into a sort of sneering put down of an indie pop song that although they don't point out what the dudes are up too, we all know how bad Dudes being Guys can be, as it breaks down like they have almost freed themselves from the Oppression.

Find out more at https://sundaecrush.bandcamp.com/ https://www.sundaecrush.com/ https://www.facebook.com/sundaecrush

  author: simonovitch

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