Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gaze: Mitsumeru (1998)

Springtime in Vancouver isn't necessarily a bright, cheery segue into summer. The flowers may be blooming, but the sky is hazy, murky grey, the temperature lingers around ten degrees, and it rains more often than it doesn't.
It takes a Vancouver band to capture that feeling.

Gaze are my band for spring. They play a messy and cloudy twee, tinged with a hint of punk, with lazy, rambling lyrics and melodies. Gaze were a three-piece all-girl Vancouver act who put out two full-length albums in the late 1990s. They are comparable to fellow British Columbian act Cub, but with a smoother, more detached sound. Twee princess Rose Melberg supplied the drums, so that is kind-of a selling point.

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