L.A. shoegazers Clear Capsule have just released their EP Gravity Licker, a gauzy, propulsive collection that breathes in the fumes of second wave Creation Records, Swirlies, Drop Nineteens, and Secret Shine. While the first single from the EP “Surface Dweller” is definitely a contender as standout, my choice for the secret hero of the EP is the Chapterhouse-leaning “Grace Face.” Lost in a foam of guitars, the song leans heavy into a torrent of percussion, laying a bed for a soft lacing of vocals that dip in and out of the din behind them. While the song certainly owes a debt to its influences, its scrapes all the highs of dream pop and shoegaze, making for a nice dip into nostalgia that makes pastiche fun.
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