28 Degrees Taurus - How Do You Like Your Love?
Memorable in a way that sounds like they've been with us forever, 28 Degrees Taurus make epic droning pop that is saturated with several band's worth of hooks and guitar textures. While vocalist Jinsen Liu can mar a tune with a delivery that is too cute for its own good, her somehwat dreamy innocent voice at other times ennobles the band's lo-fi aspirations.
On "Single Suicide Mode" and "Waves of Love" she channels both Kim Gordon and a weird kind of female Richard Butler. The best tunes are those that are driven by Liu's murky guitar, her lines dragging along the sluggish bass of Karina Dacosta. Where the Boston trio slips up is when the urge to be cute is too great, as a chanted hipness mars what is otherwise a nice gloomy "Low Light." Still, there is power even in the cloying delivery. Tunes like "Crash & Burn," "Endless Sea" and "Whereever You Can Find It" are majestic, initmate, and give off just enough of the pervese underneath the seemingly innocent vocals to create a creepy vibe.
28 Degrees Taurus is a keepe, despite the occasional stray from its stregnths. They have a deep, powerful sound that makes for a slew of memorable moments on "How Do You Like Your Love?" A band with a mind of its own and the ideas to back up its faith in themselves is easy to spot.
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