I really dug Letting Up Despite Great Faults‘ debut self-titled LP. In fact, “Our Younger Noise” was one of my favorite videos of 2009. So getting wind of a new EP in the mix was pretty exciting. “Teenage Tide” is off that EP and it finds the band picking up where their debut left off. The song maintains that perfect dream-pop sound, with consistent guitar riffs draped softly in a fuzzy reverb and fronted by airy vocals.
Like the earlier stuff, “Teenage Tide” hints lightly of The Radio Dept. circa Pet Grief. But Letting Up Despite Great Faults brings out the vocals a bit more and plays off the youthful nature of the band. These are songs about love and life, and so they find that middle ground between hope and despair. “Teenage Tide” is uplifting yet has to it a hint of sadness. It’s a core element that made Letting Up Despite Great Faults such a strong LP.
The new EP is called Paper Crush and is available now for pre-order from Old Flame Records.