Donovan Blanc, Donovan Blanc

Ian Cohen

By Ian Cohen

on 06.24.14 in Reviews

Donovan Blanc’s Captured Tracks debut feels more like a label initiation, with the New Jersey duo making themselves of service by genuflecting toward their superiors — Mac DeMarco‘s stoned insouciance, the period-piece reverence of Wild Nothing, Widowspeak‘s paisley-tinted folk-rock, Chris Cohen‘s soft-focus psychedelia — basically everyone except for Perfect Pussy. With all this kneeling, it’s tough to stand out, and Donovan Blanc is more or less the sonic embodiment of their previous name Honeydrum — vaguely ’60s, vaguely druggy, vaguely feminine and ultimately forgettable. Try to differentiate proper-noun song titles like “Veronica” and “Oh Donna” and “Traci Won’t Wait” from the opener “Girlfriend” and see what we mean.