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.
By J. Edward Keyes on 04.01.14 in News
The gorgeous, cloudlike guitars that billow throughout the delf-titled debut from New Jersey duo Donovan Blanc effortlessly recall the similarly-mesmeric music of mid '80s British groups like Felt and the Wake. So it's a...
By Philip Sherburne on 02.18.15 in Features
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By Marc Hogan on 12.05.14 in News
Johnny Jewel has been clearing his vaults lately, but a proper new album from his group Chromatics should be here soon. Chromatics have shared the tracklist and cover art for Dear Tommy, their upcoming follow-up to 2012'...
By Grant Purdum on 10.28.14 in Reviews
Brad Laner started Medicine in 1990 in his mid 20s, while he was still moonlighting with post-punkers Savage Republic. He quickly turned the then-side project into a shoegaze institution (with a twist of noise) before di...