Considering the malleability of shoegaze—how it's really just a bunch of tones and layered textural effects—you'd think there'd be more experimentation with it beyond the My Bloody Valentine school of bowl-rumbling beautiful noise. But most people like to travel in that same vein, and we really can't even be very mad at that. As long as it sounds good, right? Kites Sail High deviate just enough to catch our attention, drawing out warbled effects and an acoustic guitar loop until the whole thing crosses some imaginary line in the sand between a Jay Dilla beat tape and an entire generation of dudes who collect guitar pedals like they were baseball cards.
February 08, 2010