Local dreamgaze sensations Space Waves are one of the busiest bands in Portland right now. On top of recording two new full-length albums in their newly minted Mindwave Studio, launching their label Mindwave, and booking a monthly shoegaze night (again, branded Mindwave) at Ash St. Saloon, Space Waves' core of Kelley and Sarah Bourland somehow found some space on their calendar to book a West coast tour with Chicagoan space rock classicists Grimble Grumble later this month.
Sure, when musicians stretch themselves like this, it often translates into lower-quality music, but that couldn't be further from the case here. In fact, if Space Waves' new single "Turns" is any indication, the band is clearly flourishing from all that hard work and immersion in a major way. There's a lot of love in this song, and it's peppy as hell—might even be their best yet. Listen closely for echoes of Frank Black, Spacemen 3, and untraceable kiwi rock, all channeled through Space Waves' dreamy, breezy aesthetics.
Catch Space Waves at Backspace on February 16th with Grimble Grumble, Souvenir Driver, and Sundaze.
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