"The Roanoke, Virginia duo Eternal Summers made their name in underground pop circles with a ramshackle guitar-and-drum sound that celebrated a resurgence several years ago. Time has told it's a formula that generally only goes so far, so it makes sense that for their sophomore record Correct Behavior, the band has fleshed out its sound with the addition of a new bassist. Dreamier territory comes with those textural expansions, and on "Millions" Nicole Yun's honed melodies shine and snap with newfound clarity that at times recalls a hyperactive Sundays, or Amelia Fletcher in Heavenly or Tender Trap. This is a well-paced progression that doesn't feel overtly recycled or deliberately slick, and a proper maturation for an indie pop band coming further into its own."
Self-professed "dream punk" outfit Eternal Summers formed in the late 2000s around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff. The Roanoke, VA-based duo, both of whom are members of the Magic Twig Community (a local art and indie pop organization/collective), specializes in taut, hook-filled post-rock/no wave-inspired pop nuggets that alternate between dreamy and cacophonous. Eternal Summers released a self-titled EP in 2009, followed by their full-length Kanine Records debut, Silver, in 2010.
When we first saw Philadelphia's Bleeding Rainbow at a house party in Texas earlier this year, their ultra-primitive live show was a bolt from the blue. Nothing short of beautiful bashing beats, mesmerizing melodies, and an overall crushing display of songwriting simplicity done right, when it seems so easy to do wrong. Just a two-piece boy and girl couple, utilizing a captivating and metronomic drum beat underneath a scaly and spidery, yet irresistible guitar crunch, it was impossible to resist then, and we still haven't been able to shake off the shivers they induced to this day. One of a handful of new bands with an instantly unique and penetrating sound all their own, Bleeding Rainbow drive a deep groove down the center of each well-beaten track on the Prism Eyes LP, creating the addicting and awe-inspiring hum of fuzz-laden pop noise that will have your heart palpitating in seconds.
The incredibly bright and sparkling hooks interlaced on each track of Prism Eyes, jaunt ecstatically between erotic and neurotic, with the wall of soaring vocals and stunning guitar/keyboard interplay knocking out hit after glorious hit. Scraping up equal parts scuzz-chug guitar and sugar beats never felt so good as it does here, further locking in Bleeding Rainbow's solid reputation as the pop masters that they've truly become. It's just track after track of chill-inducing, feverishly-angelic, heavenly dark pop hits that you couldn't remove from your head without some serious brain surgery, obviously letting you know that it's time to crack open that candy-coated skull of yours, and dump this record right in. - VictimofTime.com
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