Day Star

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Chimera's opening U.S. salvo was an almost-perfect EP of modern pop which owed a large debt to the Sundays (singer Eileen Henry at times sounds eerily like that band's Harriet Wheeler and the opener, "2 Sunny," could have come off the first Sundays album) or very early Cranberries. There's plenty of melody, especially on the first two cuts, but that is undershot by the muscle of nicely distorted guitars, which ground the disc well. Of the four tracks, it's the last, "Untitled," which is perhaps the most interesting, a little more amorphous and experimental than the others, playing with the sounds from Ted Laverty's heavily multi-tracked guitars (perhaps at the behest of producer Chris Nagle). As a heads-up call to the world, Day Star heralded the arrival of a strong new band; the shame is that they never really had the chance to find their feet.