Christchurch’s Wurld Series follows up last year’s Air Goofy LP with an EP stretching for the sweet spot between The Lilys and Pavement. Standout single, “The Bend,” leans much harder on the latter’s influence, ambling and shambling its way through lackadaisical pop like the band’s never been hurried in their lives. The song embodies the soul of slacker pop, driving dirge-laden guitars into frothy beds of fuzz and stretching its length into a woozy six+ minutes. They push a reliance on hooks aside, choosing instead to build a base of atmosphere and working their way towards the alt-flavored jams of Sonic Youth, while battling feedback like an encroaching wave.
They clock the EP in for the excellent Melted Ice Cream Collective that’s bound up so many of New Zealand’s best and brightest of late – Salad Boys, Opposite Sex, Transistors, Terror of the Deep, to name a few. Best to keep an eye out for that cassette and a closer eye on the label, who are an excellent barometer of taste down Kiwi way.
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