The Pauses/Great Deceivers: The Pauses/Great Deceivers
Record Label: New Granada
Release Date: Sept. 11, 2012
There's a great little record label in Tampa, FL that few people are paying attention to. Its name is New Granada Records. For the last couple years, the label has churned out a slew of first-rate releases and its latest, a split LP from Orlando bands The Pauses and Great Deceivers is no exception.
The first side of the LP features two songs from the quirky indie trio The Pauses. The first "The Beginning of Things," is arguably the band's strongest song to date and features the trio's flair for crafting nuances and progressions unlike few of their contemporaries. While the song borders on electro-pop and even dives into urban hip-hop it still posses the trio's near-pristine sense of rhythm and melody. Its second effort, the subdued and cerebral "Formerly," allows vocalist Tierney Tough to take center stage. In just two songs, The Pauses have indeed woven together their two best songs to date and hint at the promise of greatness that dotted their J. Robbins-produced debut.
On the contrary, Great Deceivers dive into Dinosaur Jr. territory on the bombastic "Phantom Strength," which features a distinct 90s guitar sound and a sense of brawn and braggadocio that had been sorely missing from their prior efforts. That sense of confidence and swagger is revisited again in the pulsing "Foresight in 50/50." Much like The Pauses, Great Deceivers have indeed stepped beyond themselves and showcased their best work. No longer relegated to the cinematic and swirly patterns of their earlier work, their side of the LP features an expansive and elongated sound that actually suits them quite well. Whether this landscape is revisited in future efforts remains to be seen, but for now this is the start of something truly exciting.