Holy Wave

Freaks of Nurture (Reverb Appreciation Society)

Levitating Platters

On Freaks of Nurture, Holy Wave evolves from garage jangle to guitar surges. Voluminous pedals border on shoegaze, the El Paso-to-Austin quintet's fourth album floating atop a rhythmic haze that serves as the medium. Unfolding dream "California Took My Bobby Away" contrasts seamlessly with the breathless dash of "You Should Lie," and a brooding oddness to "Magic Landing" opposes the pop build of "Sir Isaac Nukem." "She Put a Seed in My Ear" and "Air Wolf" come dosed by acid pop. Freaks of Nurture captures Holy Wave as it takes a step toward greatness. (Fri., 5:50pm, Levitation Tent)


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