TEEN take shoegaze into altogether more psychedelic territory, with the ‘Carolina EP’, the follow-up to their debut LP ‘In Limbo’
The title track opener adds a watery sound to TEEN’s dense and lovingly layered approach, lending a 60s feel to the song. This watery sound is also apparent in the outstanding Cannibal, which, with its fantastic bassline and ethereal vocals represents the EP’s highlight and is a song which demands repeat listens.
Lead singer Teeny Lieberson says she was inspired by Al Green and Kate Bush to sign in a higher register on the Carolina EP, however on Glass Cage it’s Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan who she is most reminiscent of; the music too shares the grace that defines Khan’s songwriting. TEEN close the EP with the epic Paradise. It’s a song which sounds like My Bloody Valentine writing the closing track to a 70s stoner film: beautiful and nostalgic.
TEEN say that they wrote the Carolina EP with the live setting in mind, picking instruments that they would only be able to perform in a live environment. With this in mind, the logical next step, after buying a copy of Carolina EP, would be to secure a ticket to one of their performances, because they are sure to be truly spectacular.
Verdict: Psychedelic shoegaze with an epic feel