Brief Candles, one of the better bands on Latest Flame, retool the My Bloody Valentine sound with a more structured approach, and the results are impressive. The vocal deliveries are MBV all the way—eschewed in the mix, leveled beneath the surface, hiding behind a wall of distorted, reverbed guitars. The harmonies shift in and out of the verses and choruses with enviable fluidity, so much so that you wish they were everywhere on the record and not just on select tracks. When Brief Candles slows up with acoustics and distortion-less electrics on “They Live We Sleep,” the band’s recent record, the songs are heavily dosed with delay effects and cymbal-chiming, a fine change in shape from the other, more biting songs. The four-piece pop-rock moments—like the cover of A Flock of Seagulls’ “Space Age Love Song”—have their own charm, too. (Tom Lynch)
August 25 at Beat Kitchen.