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~WAVES~ CRASHING ON FACE / Press

“Waves singer-songwriter Ben Garrett is a scientist by day, so he’s no stranger to combining compounds. Maybe that’s why this Somerville/Brighton band’s debut feels like the aural equivalent of a bubbling beaker of influences, ranging from lush, West Coast-style pop (“Summer Ride’’), to drowsy, Pink Floyd-esque daydreaming (“Lost’’), to rambling alt-country (“One-Armed Man’’) to hacky sack-friendly, jam-band reggae (“Front Lawn’’). the quintet — augmented here by a swirling, soft-focus array of acoustic stringed instruments — delivers a gently expansive disc that showcases both its omnivorous musical reach and love of honest-to-goodness guitar solos. Meanwhile, trace elements of the Thrills, Beachwood Sparks, and Beck’s “Sea Change’’ period (“So Low’’) burble and stream like chemical currents, not so much crashing as rippling.”

“~Waves~ record is available to order. 10 tracks of art-rock meets alt.country in the vein of Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Elliott Smith and others. Brooding lyrics, uplifting harmonies and great songs transport you away. This super secret release is only availabe direct from the band, and comes with a bonus disc of outtakes, a live show disc and a sticker. Follow the link below.”