US noise pop band Nightspell made an impressive sound on their ‘Pegasus’ single back in June 2021. The US trio really captured the best elements of a very 90s sound, and the track whipped up a welcome nostalgic element of old shoegaze, but was able to give that a modern twist.
‘Pegasus’ saw the band reaching a broader audience and gaining some very positive press but, if anything, ‘Phonebooth’ – marking their long overdue return – deserves to take Nightspell even further. In under three minutes, the track injects a massive retro jangle, quickly tapping into a sound that recalls peak Breeders with its contrast of reverbed guitar and taut harmonies. In addition, a brilliantly crashy drum part lifts the chorus into a harder, almost trashier sphere, but its the arrival of a huge harmonic lead guitar contrasting with an early 60s lead – sounding as if on loan from The Ventures – that really makes the track. A couple of spins is all that’s needed before the bright chorus really sticks, and the song’s all round brevity really gives it an important punch.
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