Letting Up Despite Great Faults :: "Teenage Tide"

A floral dress confidently above a tanned knee offers both an abstraction and a definitive tableau of a coming summer season. Whoever this girl is, whatever this next turn brings, it will be seen with the impressionists' squint at perfection, utterly blurry and entirely scintillating. Letting Up Despite Great Faults made no mistake with the cover art on their woozy new EP, Paper Crush, or new single, "Teenage Tide". The sound washes some of the color back into the picture, trafficking dizzy melodies and feedback while still discovering a late back beat and soaring guitar lines that wouldn't be uncomfortable in Robert Smith's notebook. The band's song writing has here jagged away from some of their early chillwave flirtations, choosing instead the twee-post-punk direction of another wordy band, Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. The soft focus of LUDGF's obvious influences take nothing away from "Teenage Tide", one of those finger-tapping, windows down singles in the spirit of "In Between Days", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Young Adult Friction". You know, the songs you put on the mixtape for the girl in the cover art.

Letting Up Despite Great Faults - Teenage Tide by lettingup

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