Published Jul 15, 2015Fine Points, a band featuring members of the psych rock group Sleepy Sun, bring their guitars to the beach with Hovers, a sun-soaked and surf-tinged record. The opening three tracks are particularly great, tight and groovy, with a nice layer of fuzz found throughout. Opening track and first single, "Astral Season" softly fades in a hypnotic guitar riff, bringing the listener into the sonic space that Hovers exists in. Fine Points take the listener on a trip down the West coast, with heavy use of surf-beats in the drums, and trippy guitar riffs throughout.
The album itself suffers a slowdown about halfway through the record that never does reach the catchiness and pop excellence of the first half of the record, but the closing track, "In Lavender," is a nice ender, returning more so to their psych roots than the more surf rock-orientated songs of the first half of the record. This is a solid summer album, with beach-y vibes throughout. (Dine Alone)