The Cush

New Appreciation for Sunshine

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Following an obscure 2001 self-released debut, bassist Gabrielle Douglas and guitarist Burette Douglas resettled in the hippie-ish college town of Burlington, VT, from their native Dallas and reorganized their band, the Cush, as a blend of Damon & Naomi's folky simplicity and the eclectic post-rock artiness of the bands in Broken Social Scene's extended family. Indeed, casual listeners would probably peg the Cush for being from Toronto or Montreal, so much does New Appreciation for Sunshine trade on soothing space rock drones and delicate fingerpicked acoustic reveries rudely interrupted by multi-layered guitar-noise freakouts, all of them overlaid with the couple's flat, affectless vocal style. (OK, so actually, the Cush sound a lot like Yo La Tengo as well.) Although the Cush are working an increasingly crowded corner of indie rock, the melodic depth of tunes like the Galaxie 500-like loveliness of "Small Town Movie" and the narcotic bliss-out quality of extended reveries like "Heart Shaped Melody" and "You're Free" are so appealing that the group's relative lack of originality doesn't matter in the slightest.

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