EP Review – The Rareflowers by The Rareflowers (2018) (Good Eye Records)
If there is a god or whoever or whatever you’re god may be, I am sure that somewhere in the various divine scribes their must be the most minute text declaring all jangle-pop should be played with deliriously skyward strings and fluttering percussion. For this (should be) is the word.
The Rareflowers, a three-piece band from New Jersey, have obviously taken note of such glorious divine intervention and play their jangle-pop with full acknowledgement of such a sacrosanct bequest. The opening track of the Soundcloud listing (which differs from the one on Spotify), Trip Into the Sun (see below), partially ratifies all things 1960’s west coast whilst definitively stopping short of parody in the same way as the 1960’s Brit invasion just made all things west coast just that much cooler.
Whilst the catchy chorus and subdued melodies of the track have that instant familiar appeal, the modern production and the superb vocals of Jimmy Maraday ensure originality is still in abundance.
Enter a perfectly considered drop in intensity and energy in the next and stand out track, June (see below). Here the introductory riff trembles with the trepidation of Sarah Records type indie-pop, before gradually showing the ever increasing tendency to arrive back at the sort of 60s Brit invasion that typified the initial track. The intrigue and brilliance of the track is that it visits so many reference points without becoming a pastiche.
The penultimate track, New Generation is certainly the one that hints most avidly at where the best of modern day jangle-pop has ended up. The crystalline guitar riffs and alluring hooks are reminiscent of a band such as Stephen’s Shore and enable the slightly echoed and distant vocal delivery percolate to perfection.
The beginning of the final track starts in the same considered manner as the previous track. However as soon as the first rendition of the chorus starts the track reveals a muzzled aggression that epitomizes the nearby Brooklyn scene in bands such as Olden Yolk and Holy Tunics. It is bouncy, breezy and any sort of exuberant ‘b’ word you need to complete my stifled alliteration.
Hopefully The Rareflowers will be here to stay for a while as they certainly have the musical arsenal that oozes jangle-pop potential….the way it was intended!