With sonic ancestors in the way of My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Chapterhouse and 90s shoegazers of their ilk, Pipe Dreams is a sensual vintage mesh of all pervading reflective sound: angelic multilayered vocals delicately etched beneath heavy guitar fuzz. The watery prog-rock may have something to do with guitarist Nick Bassett, also of post-metal band Deafheaven. The acts share a similarly explosive, guitar driven emotive weight that adds a tumultuous energy to tracks like 'Junebouvier', and sunny undulating noise-poplet 'Bogus' (a catchy standout in my humble opinion).
But apart from wearing the right Grandpa hat, Whirr manage to articulate and express with a rare emotional eloquence. 'Reverie' and 'Toss' display a shadowy pensivity not typically seen in a genre that often works on pure aesthetics (not that there's anything wrong with that!). Tracks like 'Wait' are infused with a cold, goose-pimple-inducing potency brought through by airy electro pulses and buzzing crescendos.
Then a brave turn in the form of lo-fi number 'Formulas and Frequencies’ - the basic yet captivating circular melodies and defined unrelenting rhythm featured throughout the record are this time underpinned by jangly un-distorted guitar and acoustic piano. ‘Formulas’ is almost threadbare in its emptiness amongst those other thickly adorned tracks, but adds to a pensive, miasmic air. Fortunately indie melodic dream-pop 'Toss' is about to lighten the mood.
Watercoloured yet bold, dreamy yet energetic - injected noise-pop zeal with an electro water wash: Whirr are a confidently self aware contender in the so-named nu-gaze scene of the new decade. These hypnotic curtains of layered on sound reveal something new on each listen. Eyes shut, headphones on, volume up: wrap yourself in a fuzzed-up 90s flashback.