Published Jul 29, 2015It's the sound of memories past, filling the gaps and taking up space in the silence, that infiltrates Radar Cult's nostalgic second EP, Memory Sweep. The musings of L.A.-based Luke Waites and K.C. Maloney reflect grief and disorder through an abundance of percussion and alternate song structures, like that of "Whentheteleprompter Breaks," effectively coming across as a morose, muffled track found in the static of airwaves with the spin of a dial.
Unfortunately, Memory Sweep is a bit of a mixed listen, the music often feeling at odds with the weighty lyrics, as on "The Balancing Act (No Masquerade, Pt. 1)" and its darker counterpart "Eyes in the Wall (No Masquerade, Pt. 2)." Where the former revels in the twangy, upbeat pluck of guitar strings, the latter is a turbulent swath of haunting riffs underscored by thrashing drum fills. The back and forth, however, squanders any cohesion Memory Sweep manages to muster, and leaves the impression that the duo didn't dig deep enough into any one sound. (Plug Research)