The nineties were full of shoegaze swept guitars and gurgling distortion that never really came together. When you hear the pop driven alt-rock of Seattle’s Sloucher, you should realize real fast that they sound like a lot of the nineties, yet they haven’t copped anyone’s sound in doing so. On their latest offering Be True, they mix the shoegaze of Lush, the pop sensibility of Matthew Sweet and the alternative rock fuzz of Sebadoh to craft a sound that reminds you of many and no one else at the same time.
Opening with the dissonant guitar swells and muddy riffs of “Blurring the Line,” the band quickly has that Knapsack meets Lemonheads vibe. There’s plenty of originality here though, as the bridge into the chorus steers away from what you’d expect prior to the catchy progressions they employ. They keep this going into “Be True,” where the meandering guitar and softer sided vocals work so well together, while the pop sensibilities on “Perfect for You” snap while they bring back the driving drum and guitar mixture that you just don’t hear anymore. The pedal soaked guitar reverberates like it’ll blow all of the amps around, yet the band keeps everything on track.
The band keeps things pretty chill throughout the album, with songs like “Melodrama,” “Here” and “Wanna” as the prime examples. Though they also add plenty of snap and pop hooks to songs like “Cloverdale” and “Up and Down,” almost as if they were penned twenty years ago only to show up in the hands of the band. Again, these songs are all original, though if you followed music twenty years ago, and the bands you’d hoped to break out that didn’t, this is as close to the reprise from them we will probably ever get.
You can stream Be True on all streaming platforms, you can purchase it in all digital storefronts, or directly from the Swoon Records’ Bandcamp. Sloucher doesn’t have any listed tour dates for the remainder of the year.
Image Credits: Photo by Eleanor Petry.