FLASHER

Con­stant Im­age 6/10

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Slightly limp garage pop from Wash­ing­ton dC trio on de­but al­bum

There are cer­tainly flashes of fizz, ur­gency and melodic craft to be found scat­tered across Flasher’s de­but. One such mo­ment is re­cent sin­gle “Pres­sure”, which re­calls the poptinged post-punk charge of Athens groups such as Py­lon and early REM; the rhyth­mi­cally off-kil­ter “Sun Come And Golden” of­fers a mo­ment of wonky in­trigue, too. How­ever, for chunks of the al­bum there’s an un­shak­able feel­ing of fa­mil­iar­ity, es­pe­cially on the tracks that re­sem­ble Pave­ment – see “Punch­ing Up”, in par­tic­u­lar – only zapped of the charm and unique­ness, and fil­tered through a fairly stan­dard fuzz-heavy, in­diepop tem­plate.

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