Has the sun finally come out in Seattle?  Are the kids surfing off Elliott Bay now?  What are they putting in the ceviche?  Black Whales are painting a different portrait of the famed grunge capitol of the world, a portrait that sounds more like the trippy drippy California coast than the Pacific Northwest.

The album opener Split Personalities’ hazy chimes sound like the soundtrack to 1966’s Endless Summer, a perfect teaser for the album’s sunny psych vibrations.  They’ve been compared to everyone from Crocodiles to Beachwood Sparks to Spacemen 3, but I hear influences ranging as far as Nada Surf, particularly their 2002 underrated classic, Let Go.  Essentially, you’re going to get 12 tracks of solid grooves that will turn your frozen February frowns upside down.

Preorder it on moon-marbled wax while they last and maybe…just maybe…the girl on the album cover will personally pack your record and ship it off in style.

The Details

Through The Prism, Gently on limited edition, "moon-marbled" colored vinyl. Release on Sunless Sea Records. Only 500 copies pressed.

Price $19

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