White Mystery, Boytoy, Joe Bordenaro | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

White Mystery, Boytoy, Joe Bordenaro Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Tue., Nov. 10, 9 p.m. 2015

If there ever was an appropriate Boytoy song title it’s “Blazed.” The first single from the Brooklyn trio’s 2014 self-titled debut, it’s a pleasant blend of dreamy garage pop gently filtered through a fog of cannabis. And in combining the hushed, obtuse Breeders-like harmonies with the hazy, fried tones of Sonic Youth, Boytoy are a dreary delight on the rest of the album too, serving haunted, sweeping melodies and summery energy that’s unabashedly pulled back to a slow-motion crawl. The problem with Boytoy’s brand-new Grackle (PaperCup Music) is that, this time around, they shed the stoner vibes and keep to a ramped-up garage-rock template (read: jangly, reverb-loaded guitars). The ladies up front still have a knack for sweet melodies and weird hooks, but the whole thing becomes far less interesting when it’s moved out of the heady zone. Grackle isn’t bad by any means, but it is disappointing to hear the band dive into such tepid waters.

Luca Cimarusti

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