FOREVR: Demonstration – ep review
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Australia’s FOREVR release a “sexy shoegaze debut EP”. macthehack reviews.
The press pack for Forevr’s debut EP lists the Brisbane duo’s influences as including My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins and on initial listens it’s hard to see past Kevin Shields and Heaven or Las Vegas era Cocteaus. Not necessarily a bad thing and Forevr seem quite happy to acknowledge their influences, in fact their swirling all enveloping take on the MBV policy of cramming every available space with sound is impressive.
OK, by the last track, ‘Forgive’, the intensity slips, but overall considering these four tracks were recorded ‘live’ (give or take programmed drums, audio samples and the inevitable post production studio trickery), Forevr’s wonky dream pop stands up well.
Their influences show through so strongly that they will be hard to shake off, which may be a bit unfair: Comparing the weekend tent that is ‘Demonstration’ to the K. Shields Building Co.s major infrastructure projects, which have become the aural equivalent of London’s Cross-rail project, isn’t really like for like. But when your influences show through this strongly, it’s bound to happen.
There’s an interesting idea behind ‘Demonstration’ and signs that amid the dense layers of sonic meandering if Forevr can find their way past the sum of their influences to forge their own identity, then they could be on the verge of something very interesting.
Forevr’s Demonstration is now available on gold cassette tape and black compact disc here: forevr.bandcamp.com.
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