Release Date: Jun 10, 2014
Record label: Polyvinyl
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Shoegaze
Stagnant Pools' debut from 2012, Temporary Room, was a gloomy, noisy shoegaze-meets-Strokes album that managed to overcome the enveloping darkness with the help of very catchy songs and totally committed performances by the Enas brothers, drummer Bryan and guitarist/vocalist Douglass. Their second album, 2014's Geist, is basically the same deal, only this time the songs are even more morose and the sound is even sparser and noisier. The guitar has more bite, there's less layering of sounds, and the duo have dropped almost all the Strokes influences, which mainly means subtracting any songs that have any poppy bounce and taking away most of the new wave atmosphere that crept in from time to time.
As brothers, Bryan and Doug Enas of Stagnant Pools have one key advantage over other bands: They intrinsically understand one another, both creatively and emotionally, in a way others could only dream of. That sibling bond and sense of commonality is what made their debut LP, 2012’s Temporary Room, such a profound success. Their musical language allowed them to expand on visceral noise rock, creating expansive soundscapes that also demonstrated nuance and a sense of invention.
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Stagnant Pools of Indiana released debut album Temporary Room in 2012, and it was a pretty noisy business. The preamble for the follow-up would have us believe we're not only getting more of the same, but louder. They can get louder? Excellent ….