Last week, we premiered a must-hear new album from Donovan Wolfington, and today, Billboard is excited to provide an early listen to another great release from Topshelf Records.
The San Diego-based indie is often attached to pop-punk and the so called “emo revival,” but this LP finds its muse in college rock and shoegaze.
The band is Infinity Girl, which happens to share its name with a Stereolab song. Their sophomore album — and first for Topshelf — is streaming below, ahead of its Aug. 28 release date.
Harm‘s melodies are encased in swirling atmospheric cyclones, the debris of which — a keyboard twinkle, maybe a sudden loud/soft moment — occasionally smack you in the face. If you’re looking for a good place to start, try track two, “Firehead.” The band seldom recycles ideas across the 13 tracks; this is the sort of album you can continuously find new sonic treats with every listen, or every new set of speakers or headphones you try it out on.
“This was our first release as a band where we had a lot of time to think about and shape the album ahead of writing and recording it,” the band’s Nolan Eley tells Billboard. “We ended up with a very cohesive and intentional record, eschewing much of the delay and reverb associated with shoegaze and dream pop, in exchange for a rawer sound, more in line with the post-punk and hardcore roots of shoegaze.”
Pre-orders for the new album are available here. They’ve also got some live dates coming up:
Sept. 2: Brooklyn, NY (Shea Stadium)
Sept. 5: Allston, Mass. (Great Scott)
Sept. 27: Brooklyn, NY (Palisades)
Nov. 14: Grand Rapids, Mich. (The Compound)