Phaser

Skydive

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Phaser's second release is a five-track EP of dreamy (but not wispy) guitar pop that glides and soars like a fast-moving cloud formation. "Fast" is a relative term, of course; this music is fast in comparison to most cloud formations, but not in comparison to most pop music. The best and most effective example of Phaser's lush and atmospheric approach is the title track, a shimmery sort of love song with a chorus like a warm shower. Of the other three full-length tracks (there is also a 75-second piece of instrumental filler), two are equally pretty but not equally engaging: "Thanks for Asking" is bigger, more orchestral in sound, yet somehow more lightweight, and the same goes for "Young As Ever." The EP's closing track, though, is powerful in a different way: With its dirge-like tempo, low-pitched vocals, and refrain of "Father, you have made a mess of me," "Last Letter Home" almost sounds like a Joy Division outtake. Recommended.