June 13, 2018

A Certain Smile: Fits & Starts

A Certain Smile are a highly melodic, fuzzy indie pop band from Portland, OR. With mixed down, slightly distorted vocals, and plenty of echo and reverb applied to the instrumentation, their new album Fits & Starts brings back the heyday of Nineties shoegaze band. Back then the lines between being optimistic or pessimistic where drawn depending on one's mental well-being and economic perspectives.

Their songs deal with the need for change - We Want the World, and those in power are prone to witty sarcasm when they take aim at the Leisure Class. It's not all that serious. They can appreciate a Summer Blonde and show some understanding for the lure of Mexican Coke as well.

A Certain Smile:
Thomas: vocals, guitar
Casey: bass
Zach: guitar, keyboards
Ian: drums
Ryan: drums on track 1 + 4

Fits & Starts is a self-released album (digital, CD, vinyl). Buy it from their website.

Tracks:
  1. Hold On, Call
  2. Summer Blonde
  3. Morning Sun
  4. Hushed
  5. Smile
  6. Aberdeen
  7. Leisure Class
  8. We Want the World
  9. Mexican Coke

» acertainsmilepdx.com

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