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It’s Bandcamp Friday (yay!) and to celebrate Newcastle’s lo-fi music makers Waves Of Dread have dropped their new EP, Endless (available to purchase here). Rather than just use words, the band have given us three songs to help try and give you an idea of what their latest offering sounds like…

Deerhunter – Revival
Deerhunter have been a big influence on my writing for years, but maybe that wasn’t as apparent until now. I was conscious about making something more modern for this EP and in terms of modern guitar groups, these are really up there. I really struggled to decide on a song – Microcastle to Fading Frontier is an incredible run of records (Bob will have a fit when he sees this, he hates Fading Frontier) but Halcyon Digest is flawless and this song particularly stands out as something that’s influenced our record. I absolutely love the groove when it comes in, impossible to resist.

Boards of Canada – Satellite Anthem Icarus
I fell in love with this album a long time ago. I always listen to it when I’m flying somewhere. I find it comforting and nostalgic, despite having quite a cold and isolated aura. I often think about it whenever I’m recording music too. I certainly thought about it during the recording of this EP. It sounds otherworldly, but also very organic and natural. It carries certain colours and feelings in my mind, I wanted that to translate into parts of the record. The album’s influence is especially evident on the second track, but I’d like to think, in terms of a general feel, it’s there across the record.

Caribou – Odessa
It was between this, an LCD Soundsystem song or something by Talking Heads for the last track, but this felt most honest. Odessa carries both of the qualities I highlighted in my previous selections; a good groove and a nostalgic feel. I wanted parts of the EP to have more groove. This track doesn’t really change too much, but when it does, it’s mainly because of the percussion used. There’s a tambourine that dips in and out and changes the dynamic, it sounds incredible. Now I always think about percussion when I’m writing.


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