Plenty of Room
Splashh was another one of those bands that came as a recommendation to me for being “garage-inspired”. I don’t know anything about them other than that they’re from the greater London area and that the reverb setting on their mixer getup is permanently stuck at “wind-tunnel”.
Comfort comes across as something that would confidently belong in the early 2000’s. The energy here reminds me of that Franz Ferdinand track you’d always get stuck listening to on the top forty stations.
I just really couldn’t get into what Splashh was tossing out there. The word I kept coming back to was authenticity. There’s this unnatural feeling to the music here, like it was written as one thing and played out as another. Tracks are roughed up a bit around the edges in mixing and effects to imitate a sound, but that’s just what it comes across as; straight imitation. Like buying pre-torn jeans off the rack.
There are some nice moments where I feel that Splashh landed their sound on both feet, like the floating noise on “All I Wanna Do” (again, sounds like something that came well before the 2013 release of Comfort) and the great Pixie fuzz on “Headspins”. And maybe the negativity is due to the fact that I’m just looking at this through gummy eyes and ears that are still stuck in grumpy spring-cold territory.
I feel like there’s some kind of identity crisis going on in Comfort and I don’t think it’s intentional. These guys come across as knowing what kind of sound they want to develop. They’re just hung up too high on emulating a certain *cough* style.
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