The Laurels

Plains (Rice is Nice)

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The Laurels

Plains (Rice Is Nice)

Don't come looking for innovation from this Australian quartet. Starting with the grand swell of "Tidal Wave," the Laurels unfurl a blistering, breathy mélange of shoegaze, psych-punk, and Britpop that rings instantly familiar. Yet unlike their more adventurous countrymen in Tame Impala, the Laurels don't put a distinctive imprimatur on the sound. The initial pleasure burst wears thin when far-out atmospherics take precedent over songwriting. The howling walls of guitar feedback in the background provide some unique color, but their debt to the Nineties requires near-constant servicing. It satisfies in a pinch, but why settle when you're so close to the source? (Sun., 3pm, Reverberation stage)

**.5

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