Splashh – 'Comfort' album review

It isn't groundbreaking, but this well-balanced debut album is still a treat

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5

Recording from their bedroom in Hackney, and following in the footsteps of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Of Montreal and Animal Collective, four-piece band Splashh have released a record that is as sun-drenched as it is dirty. Their debut album ‘Comfort’ intertwines the dreamy, psychedelic vision of the ’60s with the fuzzy grunge of the ’90s. With track names like ‘Lemonade’ and lyrics about needing a long vacation, it’s a wonder that this blissed-out LP doesn’t become a bit sickening (like the recent debut by Swim Deep, Splashh’s former tourmates). Luckily, it’s stylish enough to balance its sweetness: there’s enough melancholia in the heavy reverb and Sonic Youth-like guitar lines to ensure ‘Comfort’ doesn’t get too comfortable. ‘Headspins’ sounds like Nirvana, at least until Splashh frontman Sasha Carlson’s vocals kick in and things start to get dreamy, while ‘So Young’ takes tips from early My Bloody Valentine. ‘Comfort’ might not be groundbreaking, but as an escapist soundtrack it’s a treat.

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