The Scranton, PA based group Great Wave serve up two sides of mesmerizing dream pop on their debut seven-inch that has just enough shaggy freak folkiness and psychedelic impulses bubbling underneath the surface to make the whole affair pretty damn irresistible. The artifact itself is a beautiful clear polycarbonate record cut on a 90 year old lathe which lends the music just the right amount of atmospheric crackle.
A-Side, “Sorry Darling,” is built on a solid drum machine driven rhythm that carries the song along the group’s kosmische groove. While the flip side’s “Garlic & Sage,” almost in spite of itself, seems to find itself in a certain mid-aughts frame of reference. Not saying that’s a bad thing by any measure, if anything it just makes this writer feel a little wistful and nostalgic of days gone by.
Now seemingly overnight, a global pandemic swirls around us and the world has changed in an instant. The possibility of catching these guys play at a local art space or watering hole has become all but impossible for the time being. But luckily for us, the music still plays on. Support your local musicians on Bandcamp, and stay safe everyone.