Monday, September 1, 2014

Girl Scout by Girl Scout - A Grungy Polaroid of an EP

Cops Are Here, the first track of Girl Scout's self titled EP sounds a bit like Mac DeMarco's and Diarrhea Planet's musical offspring (f they got together and had unprotected sonic sex 9 months earlier).  Jeremy Zerbe spins his tails like stories that may or may not be true but are certainly engaging and well crafted. Some feel kind of tongue and cheek albeit a bloody one like Good Hustle, Hot Pants and others like Glow with it's slow drug hazey garden rock sound feel more down to earth. Besides the aforementioned bands, I thought a bit of Weezer, Dinosaur Jr, and in a strange way Neil Young (if he was in Dinosaur Jr) in the truly post punkish slacker grunge epic Summer Green which might be this EP's opus. I must say that some of the rock progs do feel derivative which usually irks me but does not bother me (so much) here. I don't know why. It might be because the material feels like it has an original heart even though some of the sounds have definitely been heard before and some of them in rather iconic songs like the obvious nod to Nirvana in Where We Slide Down. While Girl Scouts does not sonically break new ground, Zerbe blends musical atmospheres and stories in a way that makes you want to listen. For me, a lot of the hook rests on his vocal performance and the character of his voice which along with the solid retro musical sound makes this comforting soup that takes you back to times that you didn't even know you longed for.
Robb Donker

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