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Froth / Duress
Album:Duress Collection:General
Artist:Froth Added:Jul 2019
Label:Wichita Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2019-07-08 Pull Date:2019-09-09 
Week Ending:Sep 8Sep 1Aug 25Aug 18Aug 11Aug 4Jul 28Jul 21

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 17, 2021:The Library (rebroadcast from Sep 18, 2019)
4.Sep 18, 2019:The Library
2.Jun 15, 2021:Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Sep 14, 2019)
5.Sep 15, 2019:Audio Ambrosia
3.Sep 25, 2019:The Library
6.Sep 14, 2019:Music Casserole

Album Review
DJ Stace
Reviewed 2019-07-05 
Album / Artist: Duress / Froth

Label: Wichita Recordings

Reviewed: 7/5/2019

DJ Stace

General Comments / Release Notes

Droning, trancy shoegaze pop songs with great little sonic touches. Echoes of American Analogue and Cocteau Twins, here and there.

Bandcamp Release Notes: After a two-year hiatus, Froth is back with their most fully realized work to date, ​Duress. Co-produced with longtime friend and collaborator Tomas Dolas (Oh Sees/Mr. Elevator) at his analog-focused Studio 22 in Cypress Park, CA, the record is unapologetically experimental yet undeniably accessible - combining some of the band’s strongest hooks with left-field sounds and unexpected flourishes of electronica. Joo Joo Ashworth has matured into a talented producer in his own right, communicating his singular vision through studio technique as much as his angular, Verlaine-inspired guitar sound. As always, the rhythm section of Jeremy Katz and Cameron Allen displays a tightness and sense of mutual understanding only achieved through years of friendship and extensive touring.

FCCs: None

RIYL: Ulrika Spacek, Jesus & Mary Chain, Holydrug Couple, Brian Jonestown Massacre, American Analogue Set, Slint

Play: ** 1 **,2,3,4,5,8

1. **** Laurel 03:15 - Starts off brilliantly with this droning, midtempo, Jesus & Mary Chain like shoegazer. Killer atonal guitar hooks and solos.
2. *** Catalog 03:51 - Buzz and feedback give way to a great breathy. trancy, shoegaze pop pleaser.
3. *** Dialogue 03:59 - Distant, lofi sounding intro breaks into another pleasant, breathy droner. unsettling George Harrison on a bad acid trip guitar is the highlight of this one.
4. *** a2 05:05 - Mid to uptempo, driving mostly instrumental rocker with it’s hair hanging down in it’s face. Words at about 4:30, but they mostly stay out of the way.
5. *** Department Head 04:50 - Nice little shuffling danceable rhythm, remains clocklike as buzzing guitars come in. Airy and pleasant.
6. 77 03:06 - Atmospheric and electronic. Breathy female vocals floating in the upper background.
7. John Peel Slowly 02:08 - Slow, light, electronic and cavernous. Instrumental with Harold Budd style piano.
8. *** Xvanos 05:46 - Very American Analogue Set. Midtempo, brief, spare lyrics. Cool song.
9. Slow Chamber 04:26 - Slow, jangly, breathy and cathedralesque like Spiritualized.
10. Syndrome 04:48 - Buzzy drum machine and ethereal guitars lend to a Cocteau Twins vibe.

Track Listing
1.Laurel 6.77
2.Catalog 7.John Peel Slowly
3.Dialogue 8.Xvanos
4.A2 9.Slow Chamber
5.Department Head 10.Syndrome