The Soft Explosions

Ride Between the Eyes

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When Boston band the David James Motorcycle -- the core of which consisted of brothers David and Nicky Kulund and tough-chick axe-slinger Irina Yalkowsky -- uprooted itself, lit out for New York City, and added bass player Dave Stahl, it transmuted into the Soft Explosions. Sparks shot in sundry directions. The gods were pleased. Prior to entering the studio, the quartet had already been hyped as "the best band in New York bar none" on the basis of its live shows, and if this debut EP is any indication, that characterization certainly lands somewhere in the neighborhood of being accurate. Gospel-soul, sexed-up glam, the blooze, black-leather psychedelia -- they all muscle their way into the music in various exciting permutations, and producer Paul Q. Kolderie brings it all into crisp focus just as he had previously done for the Pixies, the Cure, and Radiohead. Each of the four songs here is strong. The title track and fan favorite "Reverberate (Let It All Start)" are positively majestic, but the joyous "Desert's Gold" is right up there in the same heady vicinity, too. And with "Keep All That's Love," the proceedings come to a sweet, glorious, crashing close.

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