Singles Club: Crush + Patsy's Rats + Rich Aucoin
There's something rather ethereal about the fuzzed-up dreamgaze of Austria's Crush. "Blue Colored" is a heavenly haze of smoldering vocals and fanciful fuzz, and the song proves to be an intoxicating four minutes.
Formed in Portland, Patsy's Rats serves up some breathless, fist-pumping goodness straight outta the late 1970s with "Is It Alright?" For a band that has yet to release an LP, this twosome has a pretty good thing going. The song hearkens back to the days of tight acid wash jeans, leather jackets, and feathered hair; a time when life was, in some ways, a lot easier and a lot more fun. Patsy's Rats has the fun part down pat, though, that's for damn sure.
There's a whole lot happening in Rich Aucoin's "The Dream." Between Aucoin's breathy, cooing lilt, a slow motion soundscape that's a throwback to girl group golden days, and an underlying sense of the otherworldly, this little ditty's a treat to listen to.