Monday, February 9, 2015
Tuff Love - Dross EP
The Glasgow duo of Julie Eisenstein (guitar/vocals) and Suse Bear (bass/vocals) have featured here several times, including our coverage of their first EP (here) and the first couple of songs shared from this release. But we have to say that they impress us more with each exposure. The songwriting is more focused and the performances tighter. Dross begins with standout cut "Slammer", a post punk rocker with a snaky rhythm and sugary vocals. "That's Right" features rumbling guitar riffs and an urgent pace. The vibe changes intriguingly with "Sebastian" and "Doberman". The former is a delicate and quirky tune with more languid vocals. "Doberman" is by turns moody and surging. The closer "Cum" is jangling and dreamy, perfectly portraying Tuff Love's for making uncertainty, anxiety, regret, loss and misery sound sunny and beautiful.
Dross EP is available as a digital download or on vinyl from Lost Map Records. And how romantic it is to buy your Valentine's Day record from a label begun in a caravan on a Scottish island.
Dross EP is available on February 9 as a digital download or vinyl from Lost Map Records
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