Bethany Curve / Murder!
Album: Murder!   Collection:General
Artist:Bethany Curve   Added:Jan 2019
Label:Kitchen Whore Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-01-28 Pull Date: 2019-04-01
Week Ending: Mar 31 Mar 24 Mar 17 Mar 10 Feb 24 Feb 17 Feb 10 Feb 3
Airplays: 3 1 1 2 2 3 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 28, 2022: Magnetized Toner (rebroadcast from Mar 12, 2019)
4. Mar 25, 2019: wig out at denny's
2. Mar 30, 2019: Music Casserole
5. Mar 23, 2019: Music Casserole
3. Mar 27, 2019: The Fuzz Deli
I’M Alive
6. Mar 12, 2019: Magnetized Toner

Album Review
Telepathic Juan
Reviewed 2019-01-29
Murder! is the sixth and first record in over 15 years by the legendary Santa Cruz shoegaze band Bethany Curve. Ethereal pop exercises soaked in reverb and melancholy. Stirring comeback.

Something else from the music blog
Bethany Curve was at the peak of their powers in the early 2000s, releasing the reverb-drenched Flaxen in 2003 before vanishing without much of a trace. Since then, the band has taken time to recalibrate and craft their sixth release, kicking off with lead-track “Frontier,” which was released via Soundcloud in mid-November. Each track on the record is a reflective meditation on dreaming, pieced together through the band’s surrealist soundscape and Richard Millang (mastermind of the group)’s passionate lyrics.

RIYL: Slowdive, Los Kowalski, Swervedriver, Ride and Catherine Wheel.

Recommended Tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9

1. (6:35) **I’m Alive – Slow/medium tempo. Spotless reverb driven guitars, inspired vocals, intense sonic tension. Playable cut.
2. (4:15) ***Dreamland – Slow/medium tempo. Similar to previous recording. I love the rhythmic change halfway through the track. Another playable cut.
3. (4:40) **Frontier – Slow/medium tempo. Classic shoegaze characteristics here. Entrancing guitar sounds.
4. (4:20) **Wake Up! – Medium tempo. I like the melody, the bassline, the tempos, and the guitar solo. Cool track.
5. (4:58) Lust – Slow/medium tempo. Atmospheric. Guitar reverb effects everywhere. Reminds me of early, early The Verve.
6. (7:22) Miss Displacement – Slow/medium tempo. Long, dramatic and with a slow-fast tempo treatment constantly overlapping the piece.
7. (8:19) **Glory – Slow/medium tempo. Notable sonic buildup driven by layers of reverb, vocal interventions and a steady supply of slow-fast drumming tension. Like crossing a long tunnel on a train after midnight.
8. (6:08) She Died – Medium/slow tempo. More classic shoegaze characteristics here. Another set of entrancing guitar sounds.
9. (6:01) Cruiser – Slow tempo. A calmer track that explodes in intensity halfway there.
10. (8:02) *The Solution – Slow/medium tempo. More spotless reverb driven guitars, inspired vocals and intense sonic tension here. Great conclusion.

Track Listing
1. I?M Alive   6. Miss Displacement
2. Dreamland   7. Glory
3. Frontier   8. She Died
4. Wake Up!   9. Cruiser
5. Lust   10. The Solution