Strange Grey DaysAlbum | Chains of Love (music group) By Stewart Mason
'60s revivalists' charmingly bratty debut
Though plenty of current indie bands claim the girl groups, Phil Spector and Brian Wilson as primary influences, the debut album by Vancouver's Chains of Love actually makes the musical debt clear. Lead singer Nathalia Pizzaro has a distinctly bratty, Shangri-Las-style nasality to her voice, a perfect fit for the group's American Bandstand-era song stylings. Take away the lo-fi wall of reverb production of poppy songs like "He's Leaving (With Me)" or "Mistake Lover" and you'd think you were listening to one of those old Girls in the Garage compilations. Encouragingly for future development, the title track dials back the time machine a few years, for a soft, partially-acoustic sound more indebted to '80s psych-revivalists like Opal or Rain Parade.
|He's Leaving (With Me)|