Secret Knives, Affection [2010]

Posted by Greg , Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:03 PM

I've been spending a lot of time listening to indietronic / shoegaze-revival bands lately.  In particular, the New Zealand band Secret Knives have really caught my attention in a big way.  Their album Affection is like a gorgeous, hazy daydream, heavy on effects and chiming guitars.  The vocals sound somewhere between Passion Pit and Elliott Smith, with touches of Connor Oberst's unpolished fragility.  Like any blissful daydream, Secret Knives have an uncanny ability to make the listener unaware of the passage of time.  "Wicker Park," one of the album's highlights, feels like it ends far too soon, despite being the standard 4 minute length.  The band could have dragged it out twice as long and I'd still be disappointed that it was ending.

Secret Knives' record label, A Low Hum, is offering a free download of Affection and the band's debut EP, The Wolves, from their website.  Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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