Published Jan 15, 2016On their second album, Montreal's Reversing Falls return with nine relentlessly enjoyable, fuzzy and poppy songs. Bringing in drummer Jamie Thompson (the Unicorns, Islands, Esmerine) in place of their previously used drum machine on Reversing Falls 2, the band carry on from where Reversing Falls left off, producing 22 minutes of hooky, catchy fuzz-pop.
Recorded and produced by guitarist and singer Tyler Crawford, Reversing Falls 2 was made solely on the band's own terms, and the result is an album that flows perfectly and has a real, obvious identity. "Never Let You Go" is a perfect pop ballad, while "Wasted Again" feels like the kind of song that could fit perfectly onto a John Hughes film soundtrack. "SS3" is the standout track though, a slow-burner that starts and ends with a simple electronic drumbeat. It's at their simplest that Reversing Falls excel.
Unlike debut Reversing Falls, this follow-up focuses solely on guitars, bass and drums. Gone are the synthesisers and computer effects; everything on this record feels natural and organic. There's something seemingly more human when they use pedals here to create effects. The result is that Reversing Falls 2 is a much more immediate and satisfying listen. (Independent)