Laura Palmer’s “Spring Traffic”: Music review

2014’s “Spring Traffic” by gothy Dutch shoegaze band Laura Palmer opens with “29 Years,” with a bassline that conjures “Holy Hour” from the Cure’s “Faith.” Guitars and vocals sweep in anxiously. The second and title track’s bassline is textbook New Order, with synths ranging ecstatically over the guitars, swirling around the vocals.
The linear guitar that kicks off track 3, “Hesitate,” makes me think of the Cure’s “Pictures of You.”
The vocals on this album have a New Order / Smiths / Spirits of Leo feel to them.
There’s a buoyancy to the album despite some darker elements, and it’s eminently listenable.


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