Waiting for a World War

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Dolour's strong debut LP establishes the band with a firmly poppy yet retro overdriven underground sound -- what one would imagine a collaboration between the Flaming Lips and the Beatles might sound like. Shane Tutmarc's soft and expressive voice blends nicely with the textural and colorfully mixed instrumental section: fuzzy yet sparse guitars, overdriven drum sounds, bass guitar, and synth. Wonderfully cheesy Beach Boys vocal harmonies are occasionally found floating in the background, supporting and enhancing the power of the melodic main vocal. This concise album contains a plethora of catchy, well-written pop songs, beautifully sung by Shane Tutmarc and artfully recorded by Blake Wescott.

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