The Astounds: Ancient Flying Ghosts (self-released, 2019)

June 15, 2019 at 11:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Astounds: Ancient Flying Ghosts

The Astounds is the newest group fronted by Dean Wells, formerly of the Capstan Shafts. If you’ve heard that group, you pretty much know what to expect here: noisy, jangly, somewhat messy lo-fi indie rock similar to Guided By Voices. Like that band, as well as disciples such as Graham Repulski, this alternates super revved up, catchy tunes with brief, snippet-like tracks which nevertheless stand as their own compositions. “Holistic Missiles” is a minute-long psychedelic sway, which dovetails into the power pop anthem “Never Felt Alone” (which even has a guitar solo). Then there’s a brief acoustic bedroom lament called “Can We Go Too Far”, which precedes another full-band rocker, “New Lip Impressions”. The album continues in this fashion, ending with the driving singalong “Right Complete”, which stretches to an epic four minutes. Free download on Bandcamp.

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