Monday, August 20, 2012

Album Review: Surreal Estate

Title:  Surreal Estate (Amazon, iTunes)

Austin, TX power trio Megafauna returns with their sophomore full-length album Surreal Estate.  Like on their Love Project EP, released earlier this year, Surreal Estate is a fascinating blend of sultry vocals of Dani Neff with pounding rhythms and heavy guitars (also played by Neff).  What’s different on the full-length is that the guitars are harder and less fuzzy (despite the fact that all three songs from the EP appear on the record).  What makes this record, and the band in general, strong is Neff’s amazing voice.  It’s not often that music that is this heavy is topped off with such smooth, sultry, and beautiful vocals.  As I stated in my review of Love Project EP, the best way to describe Megafauna’s sound is to “imagine if Garbage and Siouxsie and the Banshees had a Melvins inspired lovechild.”  The record’s standout moment is also one of the record’s fastest songs – “MSG.”  This is certainly a talented band and Surreal Estate is a record that should garner the band many new fans.  

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