New to the city and worth checking out: deVries – live on 12.10

Guitarist and singer Travis DeVries’ name might ring a bell among those of you who obsess about cult shoegaze bands (for some reason shoegaze is the inde cult genre par excellence): he was the main force behind the band The Turn-ons, also nicknamed "the godfathers of the shoegaze Seattle scene". Now based in NYC, Travis has formed a new project and conveniently called it "deVries". The man has worked almost two years to deliver "Death to God" (released last week with a show at Cameo), a fine shoegaze-pop record that kept us involved from the first to the last fuzzy guitar chord. The songs on the album share an atmospheric and contemplative weft, given by the textured and hypnotic guitar sound and by Travis’ droney, reverbery melodies. DeVries’s songs create an original musical universe while giving a lingering impression that they have always existed. The ethereal "Girl in the fur skin" and the captivating "Slowing Down" could have been classic shoegaze gems from the early ’90 next to Kevin Shields’ unforgettable "Girl in the City" or The Jesus and Mary Chain’s "Just like Honey". "Darkest Summer" is a beguiling melody that flooats on a saturated orchestration and definitely has the power to linger in your mind for awhile. Don’t miss deVries’s show at Union Hall on December 10. – by Claire-Marie Le Bihan