My friend Shannon Brown generously gave me a deluxe 180 gram purple splatter vinyl copy of Oregon noise pop band We Miss The Earth’s third album “Memory Design,” also available on Bandcamp.
This is a great album – well-paced, energetic and lively, both poignant and poppy at the same time. There are just so many influences packed in here it’s hard to describe their sound – guitar hook lines that would sound at home in a poppy Cure hit song, set in a washed-out distorted guitar backdrop like something off a My Bloody Valentine album. Large hallway reverb on the vocals and guitar like a Diiv record, but more on the lo-fi end like The Wedding Present. I even hear something like a Cranberries song at the start of side B.