CYMBALS – “Erosion” (Stereogum Premiere)
The shoegazey, New Wavey London combo CYMBALS is releasing a new album called The Age Of Fracture this February, named for Princeton professor Daniel T. Rodgers’ socio-political tome of the same name. Today we’ve got the lead single, “Erosion,” and it’s a good one. Dreamy swaths of synth and guitar swell around singer Jack Cleverly’s breathy vocals as the song surges forward on the strength of a programmed beat and a propulsive Peter Hook-style bassline. In terms of recent reference points, think Holy Ghost! meets the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Going a little farther back, it’s also a bit like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with absolute smoothness subbed in for Alec Ounsworth’s braying. The more I hear “Erosion,” the more I dig it. Join me in my appreciation below.
The Age Of Fracture is out 2/4 via Tough Love Records, and Jack Cleverly is a great British rock star name.