Shimmering Stars – Violent Hearts

The chicken or the egg? Does reverb-drenched, harmony laden, retrospective garage pop sound good because it’s really fashionable right now, or is it fashionable simply because it sounds so damn good? With the release of Violent Hearts by Vancouver’s Shimmering Stars, the retrospective isn’t as noticeably contemporary as other like-minded acts like Dirty Beaches or The Group Sound, simply because the music is cleaner. Though, to my ears, the lyrics are very much a product of this young decade (“I am longing to be someone better/ In my heart is a violence”), the tracks themselves sound like they could have been yanked from any jukebox of yesteryear, with the noticeable lack of distortion and noticeably precise vocal delivery. Whatever decade they’re from, I hope to see a Shimmering Stars show sooner rather than later.

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