EP: Walrus – Glam Returns

Walrus have come a long way since their first release.  Glam Returns hardly sounds like the same band that was making fun Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah! channeling indie-rock tunes back in 2012.  While “Banger” may not be what they’re playing in that club that’s too cool for you right now, it is an unexpected blast of garage-rock from the brothers that opens up Glam Returns with a catchy bang.  ”Bulash” keeps the high energy with albeit trippier and more psychedelic leaning instrumentation.  The title track is probably the boldest track from Walrus yet as it approaches Of Montreal or Foxygen level flirtations with british psychedelic music.  Despite the clearly higher level of seriousness that Walrus demonstrate throughout the 4-track EP things never get bogged down in that seriousness.  They’re still just two brothers having a good time which makes it pretty fun to listen to.

-PK

EP: Walrus – Lamb Girl

Last I heard from Walrus, they were making delightfully out of tune indie-rock on their Sisters EP.  Walrus have made some fidelity improvements to their sound and more importantly upped their experimentation and ambition as well with these new tracks off a split cassette with Sheepman.  Walrus’ contribution to the cassette includes the psych-rocker “Sleep” that grows from acoustic strumming to a climactic guitar solo finale and the John Lennon-channeling “Space Tigers”.  It’s awesome to see that Walrus are rising to the potential that I thought I heard from their earlier music.

-PK

mp3: Walrus- Nothing Left to Say

Two brothers based out of Halifax, Walrus are bringing some atmospheric indie-pop vibes on their latest Sisters EP.  Walrus’ music lies somewhere in between Deerhunter’s instrumentation and the wailing singing of Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah!.  On the track ‘Nothing Left to Say’ these influences come out pretty strong with reverb heavy strumming and great atmospherics.  Let’s be honest, the singing isn’t what is going to draw you in about Walrus, it’s everything else that surrounds it that makes Sisters such a good listen.  Stream ‘Nothing Left to Say’ below and stream the entire album at their bandcamp

-PK