Oh Tahoe (Houston Party)
By: Cam Lindsay
Making a racket with guitars and placing sweet harmonies over top is a practice that Norway's Beezewax have excelled in. Forging a sound that is somewhere between power pop and emo, this noisy four-piece use A Catholic Education-era Teenage Fanclub, a significant amount of intensity and a keen sense of timing to pull of their sound. Oh Tahoe, their third album, is rich in everything that makes deafening, dreamy guitar pop enjoyable. Though they wear their influences on their sleeve (Fannies, Big Star, Velvet Crush), it's hard to deny how much they sound like contemporary bands out and about right now. "Phonebooth Minutes" sounds like heavy gangfight between Death Cab For Cutie and Superchunk, while "Goodluck&Goodbye" is more of a picture perfect demonstration of a Posies tribute (Ken Stringfellow actually produced their last album, South Of Boredom). Though it hasn't received a proper domestic release in North America yet, Oh Tahoe is an album to pick up even if the import prices are ridiculously high.
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