The Dying Californian

The Dying Californian

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This 25-minute EP released from the Santa Clara, CA, label Turn Records is the abracadabra that reveals the stunning and complete transformation of once hardcore group Nuzzle into the Dying Californian, an indie rock outfit with a country influence. It's the same lineup, but a totally different sound. The opener, "On the Lam," has a back-porch flavor, like a Southern Leonard Cohen of the new millennium. Things get more pop with "Spring Time Is for Suckers" and "That Awkward Stare," the latter even approaching the Beach Boys' melodic stylings without getting out of indie rock boundaries. Then things revert to slow-paced guitars with light percussion and melodies hanging in mid-air for "Celestial Glow" and the uncredited closing number. Not striking but nicely done for a debut.

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