Music

With the Melodic Churn of “Maria Zoe Christo”, Christines’ Wall of Sound Stands Apart From the Nugaze Pack

Music

With the Melodic Churn of “Maria Zoe Christo”, Christines’ Wall of Sound Stands Apart From the Nugaze Pack

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“Maria Zoe Christo” comes to us from Christines, a new Brooklyn band whose thrumming womb of a sonic palette will come familiar and well-loved to any fans of the Creation/4AD axis. On the track, lead guitarist Matt Yu leads the charge with byzantine, tremolo-inflected Tom Verlaine guitar moves, making room for Andrew Burr’s laid back, melodic vocals. Beyond the guitar effects and vocal affects, however, is the tune’s bedrock: Burr’s pitch-bended wall of tremolo fuzz and Jordan Parker’s bass growl working their way through a loping, simple riff that brings the intuitive good times of a midtempo Guided By Voices track or Spiral Stairs’ Pavement songs to mind. It’s in that riff, in the song’s baseline catchiness, where “Maria Zoe Christo” makes its mark: The streets of north Brooklyn are littered with beardos clutching Fender Blenders and brand new Jazzmasters, each more eager than the last to corner you with some IPA-breath monologue about tape delay or how Kevin Shields makes his coffee. Something Christines remember, and that seems to elude so many of their nugaze peers, is that a good song trumps even the most impressive Sam Ash receipt, and “Maria Zoe Christo” sounds a lot more like Teenage Fanclub gone heavy than yet another group fumbling in the dark for a clone of “Nowhere” or “You’d Prefer an Astronaut.” You can stream and download “Maria Zoe Christo” from the Sound Cloud player below.