Whirl do the soaring chords thing

Blake Gillespie

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Nicole Kidman's shoegaze ass.

Fancy that, I should be listing a grip of bands that Whirl sound like, but with all this goddamned chillwave and surf rock for the past year and change, it's difficult to recall the days of mountain high reverbed riffs and ethereal chorale vocals ruling the scene.

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Whirl's Distressor EP is what I imagine it's like to listen to the rough demos of Broken Social Scene's “Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)” and then bury a huge The Arcade Fire-type chorus to the roars and tumbles. Oh, how about this one: “Whirl is Jesus & Mary Chain with power pop principles.” No? Yeah, you're right, that's just called My Bloody Valentine.

Whirl make a ton of droning noise, call it shoegaze if that's your poison. It's been a couple years since I my last thrilling shoegaze record. I know this because I'm having a difficult time naming one – p.s. I hated Pains of Being Pure At Heart. Pick up Distressor for $.10 at Whirl's website – don't front like you can't spare 10 cent.

Whirl, “Ghost”

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