This past weekend, Record Store Day came and went (I now own a fantastic Justin Townes Earle 45, so it worked out for me), and even in the number of “exclusives” was far too limited for an event of such increasing popularity, it has spurred a solid new trend.
Bands unable to afford vinyl (or opting not to press it) are releasing downloadable tracks to celebrate Record Store Day and bring attention to the event.
One such act was the Halifax band, Walrus. The duo caught my ear with the dream pop sounds of Onetwotree (a three song EP that hinted at the vintage tones of Beach House and lo-fi pop wizardry of Youth Lagoon), so to get three new songs so quickly from the young band is a nice treat.
The new EP, Sisters, was recorded for Record Store Day, and thankfully finds the band painting with the same brush strokes and using the same color pallet. Outside of the heavier bass line and quicker step of “It’s The Same For Now”, the duo is quite happy creating the same kind of ear pleasing, minimal, cloudy hazes we heard on Onetwotree.
And honestly, I’m quite happy keep soaking them in. Sisters is available as a PWYC download. Give these guys a buck or two. You won’t be sorry.