Tue 28 Jun 2011
ORANGE is the new RED
After the success of their debut album, 2009′s Apple’s Acre, Portland’s Nurses have jumped to a new dimension of psychedelic pop music, adding percussionist James Mitchell to bulk out and accessorise their sound. On the band’s new single, ‘Fever Dreams’, it’s clear what direction they’re heading in, using Mitchell’s percussion skills as a spring board to unleash their new, improved psychedelic sound. Previous comparisons to The Antlers and The Cure seem no longer relevant as the sincerity in their songs has been replaced by a buzzy electronic slant, making ‘Fever Dreams’ more comparable to Glass Vaults or Animal Collective. Aaron Chapman’s voice is still a powerful tool in the band’s evolution, but the crooning storyteller’s emotional sensitivity is reeled in to provide more bounce and an upbeat rhythm. Unlike their previous album which was recorded through a Macbook microphone, Dracula had a more isolated approach, with the band retreating to a coastal cabin in Oregon to produce the album as song writing engineers rather than taking up traditional instrumental roles. This, according to the band’s record label, has given the new album a “bolder, heavier” sound, with “deep grooves, dubby basslines and a focus on rhythm.”
Nurses’ sophomore album Dracula is due for release on September 20 via Dead Oceans Records. ‘Fever Dreams’, the album’s first single, can be previewed below.