During my first spin through The Devil Whale‘s new album, Teeth, I did a little research on the band and pulled up a few press pieces. Each had their own spin, calling the band psychedelic pop, dubbing some of their work chamber pop, and even dropping a lighter side of 70s classic rock. At first, I wasn’t sure any of them fit.
As Teeth continued, I realized that defining this band’s sound was a bit more difficult than initially thought. “Golden”, the album’s opening track, seems to fit the overall sound of Teeth; you can hear traits of all the aforementioned subgenres, yet none of them encompass the song and the style fully. The Devil Whale, then, defies the standard classification.
So perhaps getting away from labels altogether is the best way to take in The Devil Whale. At the most rudimentary of levels, The Devil Whale simply must be heard.
Head over to The Devil Whale’s bandcamp page to stream Teeth in its entirety.
Download: “Golden” by The Devil Whale
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