Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Vows Double Release

With a flare for Beatlesque and Floydish instumental experimentation with dreamish surreal vocals, Vows paint crystalline hallucinations worthy of frequent flashbacks on these back to back Ep's that set them apart in the retro psych/pop revival.
Hailing from central New Jersey, Vows originally consisted of Jeff Pupa (aka Bone Blanket), and James Hencken (aka Nillo). To meet the needs of a waxing group of followers who demand live performance, they have expanded to include three other members – Sabeel Azam, Ryan Ward, and Scott Soffer of Crystal Mountain Music Collective. Following up on thier NPR acclaimed 2011's debut 'Winter’s Grave'
are two new EP releases '0' and the self-titled 'Vows' released 25th and 27th of March via Tree Machine Records.

"Vows’ debut album Winter’s Grave arrived to NPR folded carefully in a worn piece of paper xeroxed with hand-drawn artwork. True to it’s packaging, Winter’s Grave is delicately hand-crafted rather then sloppily home-spun. Vows is a dreamy, atmospheric band with pop sensibilities from a small town in New Jersey. The album’s title track has a satisfying blend of enchanting and eerie sounds. It opens with a vibrant riff that rattles over synth keys but slips into dissonant, creepy organ sounds. In an email, lead vocalist Jeff Pupa explains that the song was inspired by his experiences with travel, particularly a trip to Alaska after his college graduation: It's sort of an anthem/pep rally song for the idea of soul-searching. Maybe you leave and find nothing, maybe you return to where you started, but either way you've got the visuals of mammoth land and soundscapes surrounding you." - NPR

They have also released two 7" already this year. Come Over My Way / Be You Again and Ride This Out / Dream Beat

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