Grabbing Clouds Records just released the debut LP from Chicago duo of Chris Kramer and Brent Zmrhal – aka Slushy — who create sticky, candy-coated guitar pop with both surf and garage influences.
Pastime Gardens is loaded with 14 pop gems, dropping just in time for the bright summer months. Each song is sweet and simple and is usually about having loads of fun playing under the sun. It opens with the gritty “Now I Need You.” Bubbly guitars burble upward, and thudding drums keep everything in place. Kramer’s voice sounds suitably lazy, backed by harmonious croons for an instant classic.
The LP closes with “Reverbation,” Slushy’s garage pop version of a Spacemen 3 track. It’s built around two VU-style chords, played by a pair of shambling guitars, all hidden behind a thick sonic haze. Slowly, it gains momentum and finally spirals out of control, leaving behind streaks of vibrant color. Start listening now and let your worries melt away.