New Radiant Storm King
Having been around for quite some time now, this could be the one that gives Massachusetts’ New Radiant Storm King their well-deserved break. Subtle but hugely upbeat college-rock, like Pavement covering The Beach Boys, or like Hüsker Dü jamming with Tom Petty, this album is spilling over with ideas and hooks, making each song a radio hit in a better world. “Golden Parachute” is glorious, psychedelic trash, “Colony Falls” is power-popping prog, “Constellation Prize” is enjoyably cynical retro-indie, while the title track is pure, unadulterated, moody pop. And so on. Too good to be ignored, NRKS have made a truly impressive album that will stay stuck in your CD player for a very long time.
Rainbow Quartz Records: http://www.rainbowquartz.com