Editors’ Notes Where The Drums’ 2010 eponymous debut contrasted early-‘60s surf music with ‘80s Factory Records-flavored indie rock, their 2011 sophomore album Portamento packs up the beach blanket under grey skies for an even gloomier sound. The catchy “Book of Revelation” opens musing on a secular take of the “carpe diem” adage over nouveau post-punk pop. Pierce’s fascination with the afterlife is explored in the minimal “Searching for Heaven” where he croons in a falsetto trill over stark synths. Slight vestiges of the band’s affection for bygone beach tones surface in the upbeat “What You Were.” Here their backing Beach Boy-inspired vocals coo underneath tambourine, saxophone and jangly guitars. “Money” is a similarly catchy ditty with verses that recall early Smiths recordings. Bonus track “What We Had” is a lovelorn serenade trimmed in muted bass, symphonic synths, whistles, and reverb.

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