The albums searing, swirling guitar riffs lay pinned to defiant bass grooves and drum loops, moving from pretty, tempered aggression (opener Diving Lessons, Holland) to more edgy, snarling anthems (Runner, Stop Your Pulse).
Early on, Power Pyramid establishes a formula that it refuses to deviate far from, but like Beach House smothered in cigarette smoke, the slight differences in each songs treatment only serve to form a more complete, dizzying immersion a sort of perpetual state of beautiful, musical déjà vu. Plus, it makes the more diverse arrangements (the standout, mid-album pair Khef and Deadlights) all the more electrifying.
The songs stay true to the bands assumed, tried-and-true influences (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive), but theres an infectiousness to be found and enjoyed throughout, owing to the faint hip-hop stylings of a Tycho or Flying Lotus (especially in Maturin and Ask).
The God Drums is a smart, unassuming record an album thats not only worth a listen from shoegaze diehards but is also a perfect entry point for newcomers.
The album is available as a free download at powerpyramid.bandcamp.com.
Catch Power Pyramid live at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western Ave., with Is/Is and Sonic Violence. Joshua Boydston