June 6, 2016

LP: Beverly - The Blue Swell

Beverly's new album captures every hallmark of love.

Beverly layers lush melodies with ethereal vocals that are enough to bring a flush of joy to any cheek. The Brooklyn-based duo comprised of members Drew Citron and Scott Rosenthal channel complicated feelings of youth with an aching heart on their latest release, The Blue Swell. Beverly pulls familiar shapes and sugary-pop hooks from earlier releases while recombining them in ways that are bracing. The Blue Swell captures the hallmarks of love, the lust and the longing and the desperation. Citron’s poetic reflections linger in your eardrums over a fleeting relationship and a bruised heart that wavers between brave and broken. “Crooked Crop” captures a nostalgia over a distant lover as Citron reflects on a unrequited love that’s been messing with her head. Rosenthal's  chiming guitar melodies amplify Citron’s words, “Every time I see you it still makes me sick with desire / but there are a few things that I wouldn’t do for hire” as she goes between affection and utter repulsion.

The impermanence of love is a theme that carries throughout The Blue Swell and particularly emanates on the track “Victoria". Citron sings over an infatuation that is eating her alive that begins with a lo-fi bedroom recording and then soars into a propulsive ballad. While the lyrics carry a sense of desperation, it doesn’t undercut the constant self-assuredness in Citron’s voice as she reflects over a lover's departure, “I thought if I was good enough you’d come with me / somehow I can’t get over it / instant replay all day inside my brain." Citron words are genuine, colored with a fierce ferocity as she shifts from pop vocals into a wailing chant. Electric guitar arcs and recedes with furious strums as Citron’s fury transforms into ecstasy. Beverly paints an ode to good girls in defiance with a caustic force that sets “You Used To Be A Good Girl” off like a firecracker. Citron's voice picks up every emotion, cycling through calm into feverishness and back. The song kicks with a punch against expectations and coming to the point in your life when you’re finally able to strike out on your own. Blitzkrieg melodies give Citron’s words with a visceral power as she chants, “You used to do your mama so proud / But I guess everything's different now.” Beverly's power-pop melodies recalls the fuzziness of a summer party that's perfect to put on repeat and take on the dance floor with a group of friends.


Listen to Beverly on bandcamp.

Abbie Jones, who will sing along to every Liz Phair song at karaoke by heart and is always down to get milkshakes past midnight. When she isn't writing about music, she is playing drums in her band or hosting shows in her backyard.