PEACE - 'IN LOVE'
The debut album from the leaders of the "B'Town" movement may of been released in March, but its spontaneity and youthful buzz carried through the summer and further into its winter tour. Most overplayed albums gradually lose their sparkle, but it's fair to say that 'In Love' is by far my most played album and nearly a year later I am still not bored of it. Peace's tropically fused guitar noise is somewhat euphoric and live it's even better. A mix of escapist, grunge, psych, and just about everything else; the album grabs and combines influences from some of the greats and mashes them together in the most refreshing way. Their quirky, juvenile vulnerability echoes through every corner of 'In Love' as Harrison Koisser describes his infatuated love in perhaps the most imaginative way possible, whilst accompanied by plenty of oohs and aahs. 2013 has been a massive year for the band and with their second album on the way, I foresee an even bigger 2014 for Peace.
SPLASHH - FEELS LIKE YOU
Released on July 8th via Luv Luv Luv records, just before their debut album dropped in the UK on September 2nd; 'Feels like you' presented us with yet another dose of Splashh's revitalising lo-fi psych garage and pure summer nostalgia. There's something that I can't quite pin-point about the track that evokes emotion and tingles down my spine every time it's played. Whether it's the space synths or the voiceover of the girl talking about her youth, to the plucky guitars or the yearning vocals, I just don't know. Despite being entirely self-produced, the spontaneous tropical beat is perfectly executed with a care-free shrug to their fans. The 3.02 minutes of alternate psychedlia will forever remind me of reading festival and the summer of 2013. Splashh's sunny fuzz is fresh and addictive and clearly something to look forward to in 2014.