the new Vir lp - Engineers
Available, May 28th
Joy in Space
I'd rather go Intact
Burn the House Down
Based in Oakland,
CA, the band sounds like My Bloody Valentine colliding with Doves, yet it also has roots in Christchurch New Zealand, giving the band an affinity with many Kiwi post-punk trios such as the Gordons, Bailter Space and HDU.
"Engineers" shows a sophisticated, dynamically strong band that's not afraid to evolve or go to dark places. With swooping guitar riffs, psychedelic noise, inventive bass lines and brilliantly-processed vocals from Sam Sloane (Vox, Guitar), Vir's music weaves a hypnotic magic in the shoegaze tradition, yet remains more experimental, avant garde and ominous than many of their counterparts. Intoxicating and sufficiently spaced out, Vir's sound is also well crafted, precise and masterful in its reverb-drenched sonic effects
and methodical atmospheric layering.
Opening track (and first single) "Joy in Space" and title track "Engineers" kick off the album with a one-two punch. Other standout tracks include "Burn the House Down" which vacillates between gorgeous plucked
melodies to waves of darkness and distortion and "H.264", with its melancholy trumpet intro that slowly devolves into a Velvet Underground-style tribal dirge. The album closes gracefully, with an elegiac beauty, "2
Chord", reminiscent of those softer, prettier shoegaze Gods of yore like Slowdive, with dreamy gorgeous reverb and delicate vocals.
Having already amassed a quickly growing Bay Area fan base, "Engineers" could be the album that shoots the band into the stratosphere, where their music has already been residing.